Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder, examined the microbes found on fresh fruits and vegetables at area grocery stores using 16S ribosomal gene sequencing. As they report in PLOS One, the different types of produce — they sampled apples, grapes, spinach, alfalfa, and more — harbored different microbes.

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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.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.