NeoStem, a company that focuses on developing diagnostic and therapeutic uses of adult stem cells, teamed up with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture to "expand research and raise awareness of adult stem cell therapies," according to a press release from NeoStem.

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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.