This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, two National Institutes of Health officials discuss the agency’s agreement with the family of Henrietta Lacks, who unwittingly became the source for the HeLa cell line, to gain access to the cells’ genomic data. Sequence data will be placed in a controlled-access database, and researchers will be required apply to the NIH to use it in a specific study. They must also agree to terms of use defined by a panel, which will include members of the Lacks family.

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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.