This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, an international team of investigators reports on the assembly and analysis of the domestic Duroc pig genome, which identified genes potentially associated with disease and provides a new resource for the study of pigs in both agriculture and medical research. In the study, the sequenced Duroc pig genome was compared with the genomes of other pigs, both wild and domestic, giving insights into the emergence of the animal.

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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.