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Breaching the Barrier

With Veritas Genomics' announcement of its $999 whole genome sequencing, interpretation, and genetic counseling service, the Financial Times writes that 2016 looks like the year when the long-sought-after breach of the $1,000 genome-sequencing barrier is made. And this and other developments in the field, it says, could affect the development of personalized medicine.

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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.