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Two British institutions — ESRC Genomics Forum and the Scottish Poetry Library — recently collaborated to bring genomics and poetry together, reports New Scientist's Kelley Swain. The two groups created a competition challenging the participants to "consider the inherent ambivalence of advances in genomic technology," Swain says, and the winners were selected this weekend from more than 200 entries.

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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.