About 60 percent of the people the Trump Administration has nominated to science-related posts do not have advanced degrees in a science or health field, according to number crunching by the Associated Press. By contrast, it notes that 60 percent of individuals in those positions during the Obama Administration did have such degrees.

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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.

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.

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.