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Mutation rates within the human genome are known to vary based on the site's context as well as the influence of CpG dinucelotides, but University of Sussex researchers report that there are variations in the mutation rate that are not due to those two effects.

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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.