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In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, report on their identification of tens of thousands of "short extrachromosomal circular DNAs — microDNA — in mouse tissues as well as mouse and human cell lines." The team says these 200- to 400-base pair long microDNAs are "derived from unique nonrepetitive sequence, and are enriched in the 5' untransla

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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.