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Parents are pushing for more states in the US to include adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare brain disease, as part of newborn genetic screening tests, NPR reports.

Adrenoleukodystrophy, which primarily affects boys between the ages of 4 and 10, can be treated with bone marrow transplants if the condition is caught early. The earlier the treatment, NPR says, the better its chances of working.

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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.