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More people will soon be able to take a genetic test to see whether they carry variants within the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes that can increase their risk of breast or ovarian cancer, but FiveThirtyEight reports that most people who take the test won't learn much from it.

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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.