The Culturing Science blog's Hannah Waters says the current system of research publication is "antiquated" and "hindering" science, and that it's time to make the results of scientific studies openly available to everyone. Despite the fact that a lot of research is federally funded, much of it is only available through journals that require a paid subscription.

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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.