NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Europe plans to expand a cancer research consortium to include new genetic risk studies, environmental and genetic interaction efforts, and early detection science.

The Melanoma Genetics Consortium (GenoMEL), led by the University of Leeds' Cancer Research UK Centre, has already identified susceptibility genes and has developed joint data collection for gene and environment interaction studies, according to the EU.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.