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The Scripps Research Institute and the California Institute for Biomedical Research are to merge, ScienceInsider reports.

Merck established the California Institute for Biomedical Research in 2012 as a nonprofit drug-development institute aimed at helping academics translate their basic research, and Scripps researcher Peter Schultz took its helm.

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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.