454 and Baylor have for the first time sequenced a full genome, that of James Watson, using next-gen technology. At a cost of $1.5 million and a timeframe less than four months, it's a big step for personal genomics and basic research.
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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.