You can all exhale that breath you've been holding: US President Barack Obama will be nominating Francis Collins as the director of the National Institutes of Health. "My administration is committed to promoting scientific integrity and pioneering scientific research and I am confident that Dr. Francis Collins will lead the NIH to achieve these goals," President Obama says in a statement. "Dr.

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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.