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In this week's Nature Genetics, a group led by scientists from the University of Sydney reports sequencing the genome of the koala, the only extant species of the marsupial family Phascolarctidae. The researchers found an expansion within a cytochrome gene family involved in detoxification that allows koalas to live off of phenolic-rich eucalyptus leaves, and describe smell and taste receptor genes that help koalas choose which leaves to eat.

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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.