Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is continuing his investigation into ghostwritten scientific papers and is, as the New York Times reports, "running out of patience." Last week, Grassley sent a letter to then-acting director of the National Institutes of Health, Raynard Kington, asking about NIH's policies regarding ghostwriting and NIH researchers and grantees.

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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.

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