Named after the bases, or “human bits” of DNA information the company intends to catalog, HuBit Genomix splashed onto the scene this past March when Celera Genomics announced that it had invested and become a minority shareholder in the Japanese venture. Until a week earlier, the company, founded in April 2000 with ¥1.25 million, had been known as Medical Genome Systems.

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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.