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Britain is planning a Center for Medical Research and Innovation to be built between the British Museum and the St. Pancras train station near King's Cross that planners hope will accelerate translational medicine. Critics, though, worry about the lack of space and the placement of such a large animal and virus study center so close to an international rail station.

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Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.

A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.