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Feel like setting up a betting pool of your own? Check out this blog entry from Paul Bracher, a research assistant at Harvard who pens ChemBark, in which he handicaps some of the frontrunners for the Nobel Prize in chemistry this year. You'll see from the list (and from the ensuing comments) that there's no shortage of biologists in the race.

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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.