Not surprisingly, systems biology has made its way over to the National Cancer Institute. Last fall NCI announced that it would divvy up $14.9 million over five years among nine Integrative Cancer Biology Program centers to fund systems-wide approaches to cancer research. The focus, according to NCI, is on building predictive models of cancer.

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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.

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