This Week in Nature

In Nature Methods this week, an international team presents the results of the Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation (CAMI) effort, a community-driven benchmarking challenge for metagenomics software. Participants were tasked with benchmarking their programs on complex and realistic datasets generated from roughly 700 newly sequenced microorganisms, as well as around 600 novel viruses and plasmids.

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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.