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Most people agree that biotech is the future, and that Big Pharma companies should take an interest if they want to continue to thrive. Sanofi-Aventis has already made inroads into biotech with a $20 billion takeover of Genzyme. And while the deal is a "bet on the future," Genzyme's short-term benefits for Sanofi may be more important, says Jonathan Rockoff on the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog.

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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.