This Week in Cell

In the current issue of Cell, German researchers outline the strategy that they used to find hundreds of genes involved in hearing in fruit flies. By comparing gene expression patterns in sections of sound-sensing antenna in flies with or without an organ in that antenna that's needed to transmit sound, the team found 274 Drosophila genes contributing to auditory organ function. While four of these had been linked to hearing in the fruit fly model organism previously, they note, the rest are new.

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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.