This Week in PNAS

In an early, online Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper, a team from the UK and Spain describes transcriptional, translational, and post-translational modifications contributing to snake venom variability. By bringing together information on snake venom proteomes, snake genomes, and transcriptomes for six poisonous snake species, the researchers found that gene sequences alone are not the only venom composition determinants.

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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.