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In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, researchers at Harvard Medical School and their colleagues show that in mice the Lynx1 protein "prevents plasticity in the primary visual cortex late in life." The authors report that the loss of Lynx1, a molecular brake, "enhances nicotinic acetylcholine receptor signaling" and add that the expression of this protein "maintains stability of mature cortical networks in the presence of cholinergic innervation." The Harvard-led team s

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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.