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In PLoS Genetics this week, an international team of researchers reports that it has identified an over-represented pentamer motif corresponding to the binding site of the homeodomain protein OTX. This protein, they write, plays a pivotal role in the anterior development of all bilaterian species.

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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.