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Arizona State University said this week that Raymond DuBois will take over as executive director of its Biodesign Institute on Dec. 1.

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Duncan Hall has joined Thermo Fisher Scientific as European regional marketing manager for the company's microbiology division.

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Albert Fornace, Amrita Cheema, Dilek Mir, Gregory Critchfield

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The awards are part of NHLBI's newest proteomics program, which seeks to "understand the mechanisms that underlie many of the clinical questions related to heart, lung, and blood disease," said an official.

NHLBI in late January put out an RFP for the program, which calls for researchers to develop proteomics technologies and apply them to solve clinical puzzles. It is set to begin early next year, shortly after its current two major proteomics initiatives expire.

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.