This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team of UK researchers report on a genomic surveillance system that is the size of a suitcase and can be transported to the field to provide on-site Ebola virus genome sequencing within 24 hours of sample collection. The researchers demonstrated the system with 142 Ebola virus samples collected in 2015 and say their work shows that real-time genomic surveillance is possible even in resource-limited settings to rapidly monitor outbreaks.

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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.