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GATC Biotech, in collaboration with researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is developing a sequencing-based method to characterize microbial communities in food production, the German genomics service provider said last week.

Specifically, the project, called Metatxn and funded with approximately €120,000 ($175,000) from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, will study the spoilage of cheese in industrial production, with the aim of better understanding food spoilage in general.

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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.

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