The UK Parliament's Commons Select Committee announces the launch of its "inquiry into peer review," in which it aims to assess the "effectiveness of the … process used to examine and validate scientific results and papers prior to publication." As part of its investigation, the committee is encouraging public input on all aspects of the peer-review process, including submissions that highlight "the strengths and we

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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.