The Japanese government recently unveiled a plan to support applied biomedical research in the country, but the proposal, ScienceInsider says, has drawn some criticism. The plan to develop an agency in the mold of the US National Institutes of Health, critics say, does not appear to have been well thought out.

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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.