This Week in Science

In Science this week, a group of Chinese investigators reported on the discovery of a cocktail of small molecules that can induce somatic cells to become pluripotent stem cells. The researchers used a combination of seven drugs to reprogram about 0.2 percent of mouse somatic cells into pluripotent cells that resemble embryonic stem cells. The chemical reprogramming strategy offers a new route to generate functional desirable cell types for clinical applications.

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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.