MMRC

Based on their whole-genome or exome analyses of multiple myeloma samples from 38 individuals, members of the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium have learned more about known pathways contributing to the disease and identified several previously unidentified genetic players.

Researchers involved in the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium Genomics Initiative reported on their initial sequence and copy number analyses of multiple myeloma genomes at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting this week.

The initiative, which involves the Broad Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, aims to comprehensively analyze the genomes of 250 multiple myeloma samples. MMRF said this spring that as part of the project, the Broad would sequence the genomes of at least 50 of the tumors.

The multiple myeloma project will place the genomic data online.

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.