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In this week's Science, Harvard University's George Church and his colleagues "present genome engineering technologies that are capable of fundamentally reengineering genomes from the nucleotide to the megabase scale." Called multiplex automated genome engineering and conjugative assembly genome engineering, or MAGE and CAGE, Church et al.'s methods "treat the chromosome as both an editable and an evolvable template, permitting the exploration of vast genetic landscapes," they write.

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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.