Plasticell

Proteomics firm Cellzome said this week it has won more than €2.3 million ($3.1 million) in grants funding its participation in three separate research projects.

Plasticell has developed "serum-free protocols that direct the differentiation of Stemnion's stem cells into hard-to-obtain lineages."

Plasticell has formed a spinout called Progenitor Labs, which will focus on regenerative drug discovery.

The British stem cell research tools firm plans to use the funds to expand its business development and marketing activities.

The collaboration involves using Sigma-Aldrich's CompoZr zinc finger nuclease technology and Plasticell's CombiCult high-throughput screening system.

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.