Science Sales Force

Researchers, writes Prof-like Substance at The Spandrel Shop, have to sell their work. "Like it or not, you're in sales," his blog post title notes. Investigators have to be able to convince their audience — especially a funding agency — that their research idea is good and worth spending the money on.

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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.