The Month of Showers and Fools


In honor of this month’s best holiday — that’s April Fool’s Day, for anyone who might have been thinking about Passover, Easter, or Tax Day (here in the US) — the Genome Technology editors have rounded up headlines that may be appearing in alternate realities right this minute.

As NIH Budget Crunch Worsens, Researchers Say It’s Easier to Raise Funds by Panhandling on Street Corners; Grant Applications Drop Sharply

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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.