This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a multinational team reported the draft genome of the wheat A-genome progenitor Triticum urartu, or bread wheat, one of the most widely consumed food crops in the world. They identified protein-coding gene models, performed genome structure analyses, and assessed the potential for the draft sequence’s use in studying agronomically important genes and molecular marker development.

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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.