The story of the human genome didn't end on June 26, 2000 or on April 14, 2003, says Francis Collins in a Scientific American guest blog. This particular story has no ending, he adds, but is "an epic drama being played out year after year" with new chapters, sequels, and volumes being added all the time.

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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.