This Week in Science

Genome-wide association studies have indicated that polymorphisms in a stretch of DNA upstream from the MYC oncogene are also related to increased cancer risk. Further, a regulatory element in that region appears to alter MYC expression levels. And so researchers from the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden and the University of Helsinki in Finland developed mice deficient in that regulatory region, Myc-335, to determine its role in Myc expression and tumor formation.

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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.