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In this week's Science, a team led by Johns Hopkins University researchers reports the first synthetic eukaryotic chromosome, which was developed from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The eukaryote's genome includes 12 million nucleotides, and the scientists focused on yeast chromosome III, which contains more than 2.5 percent of those nucleotides. After using software to amend certain portions of the chromosome, the researchers built a version of it from individual nucleotides.

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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.