This Week in Science

In Science this week, an international team of researchers report new data showing that 3' transductions mediated by long interspersed nuclear element–1 (L1) retrotransposons — mobile repetitive elements found throughout the human genome — are present in many cancer genomes. Looking at the cancer genomes of 244 patients, the scientists discovered that tumors from 53 percent of the patients had somatic retrotranspositions, of which 24 percent were 3' transductions.

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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.