Scaling Up

Britain's National Health Service aims to "test whether an entire health-care system is ready" for the personalized selection of cancer treatments via broad genetic testing, Nature News reports. "In its first phase, the program will be rolled out to as many as 12,000 NHS cancer patients over two years, beginning in early 2011," according to Nature.

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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.