This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature Plants, an international research team reports data showing that an expansion of disease-resistance genes may be responsible for the long lifespans of certain trees like the oak, which can survive for centuries in the face of environmental and biological threats. The scientists sequenced, assembled, and annotated the genome of the English oak, then compared their findings with existing  whole-genome sequences for other trees and plants.

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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.