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Inflation-adjusted federal funding going to the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Department of Energy's Human Genome Project is likely to decline 1.5 percent in fiscal 2007 over fiscal 2006, according to projections released by the National Science Foundation.

Beckman Coulter will shutter and relocate its plant in Palo Alto, Calif., by the end of next year as part of an effort to cut costs. The company will relocate the assets from the facility near its Fullerton, Calif. headquarters. 

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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.