NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international research team used comparative genomics to look for the genetic causes of increased virulence in a strain of Clostridium difficile involved in hospital-acquired infections.

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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.

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

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