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In Science this week, an international team of researchers reports on how the analysis of DNA from illegal ivory in Africa reveals two primary hotspots of elephant poaching. The investigators first sampled DNA from the dung of 1,350 elephants from 71 different locations across 29 African countries, creating a genetic map of elephant populations. They then analyzed DNA in seizures of ivory and assigned them to different specific populations.

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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.