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By using whole-exome sequencing on a family with two children affected by a rare, severe skeletal dysplasia, investigators at Australia's University of Queensland "identified two novel compound heterozygous loss-of-function mutations in POP1, which encodes a core component of the RNase mitochondrial RNA processing complex that directly interacts with the RMRP RNA domains that are affected in anauxetic dysplasia." These POP1 mutations, as the authors report in PLoS Genetics

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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.