This Week in PLOS

Investigators in Switzerland report their study of the establishment of a gut microbiome in infants in PLOS One. Using a combination of culturing, 16S rRNA gene sequencing, qPCR analysis, and Sanger sequencing, they examined the bacterial makeup of feces from seven healthy, vaginally delivered, breast-fed babies. The researchers found that there were more anaerobic bacteria than facultative anaerobic bacteria in all samples, with high levels of Bifidobacterium and Bacteroides.

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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.