Esteemed Harvard researcher Marc Hauser is taking a year-long leave of absence after a Harvard board of inquiry found evidence of scientific misconduct in his lab, and after he retracted a 2002 study published in Cognition on whether monkeys learn rules, reports the Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson.

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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.