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An Australian-led team of researchers has generated a draft genome assembly of the cane toad, Rhinella marina, an invasive species there, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Cane toads, native to Central and South America, were introduced to Queensland in 1935 to control cane beetles, but have killed northern quolls, freshwater crocodiles, and native lizards and snakes, the Herald adds.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

According to CNN, Legionella was discovered in buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they reopened following coronavirus pandemic-related closures.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.