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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Using genome-wide association and phenome-wide association approaches, a team led by researchers at the University of Michigan has started teasing out the genetics and biology of diverticular disease — a common condition characterized by painful pockets or pouches that form from the large intestine.

These outcroppings, which can become infected or inflamed, can stem from the more modest gastrointestinal tract outcroppings that occur during diverticulosis.

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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.