This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, a team of US and Chinese scientists describes using genome mining to identify a natural herbicide with a unique mechanism of action. By scanning the genomes of filamentous fungi — many of which make compounds that kill plants to aid in colonization — the scientists pinpointed a gene cluster involved in the production of aspterric acid, which inhibits an enzyme involved in the final step of a key biological pathway in plants.

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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.