The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee voted unanimously this week to approve Robert Califf as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the New York Times reports. However, it adds that Califf, a Duke University cardiologist, still has some hurdles to overcome before securing that spot.

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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.