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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Energy last week announced plans to commit up to $4 million in funding to support genomics-based research to improve the use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels or renewable chemical feedstock.

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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.