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Australia's My Health Record system will be able to store genetic and genomic data, stirring up privacy concerns, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The My Health Record system, it adds, is an opt-out system and has been touted as a means to improve patient care and bolster medical research.

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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.