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A University of California, San Francisco-led team introduces transcriptome sequences for the rat kangaroo, an Australian marsupial whose epithelial cells are sometimes used for cell biology studies. As they report in PLOS One, the researchers generated hundreds of millions of RNA sequencing reads, which were used to put together a rat kangaroo transcriptome that contained nearly 350,000 transcripts and represented roughly 20,079 distinct genes.

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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.