Melanoma Diagnostics

After reporting a 27 percent increase in its fiscal third quarter revenues, Myriad Genetics this week outlined three strategic directives for diversifying its revenue base, including growing sales of its existing tests in the US, launching new tests and companion diagnostics in a

In addition to a five-marker diagnostic test that the company plans to launch in the second half of 2011, Myriad is developing a second melanoma test that would gauge survival benefit.

Myriad will develop tests using genetic markers acquired from Melanoma Diagnostics.

Under the terms of the deal, Myriad will have commercialization rights to "all tests derived from the technology on a worldwide basis in exchange for upfront fees and contingent payments based upon the commercial success of the products."

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.