This Week in PLOS

A University of Manchester team has cast doubt on the notion that insects trapped in amber could help to resurrect extinct creatures — or even discern parts of their DNA sequence. As they report in PLOS One, the researchers attempted to sequence DNA from a decades old stingless bee sample and from another stingless bee sample more than 10,600 years old. Both had been entombed in copal, a precursor of amber.

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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.