This Week in PLOS

Through a genome-wide association study, researchers from the University of California, Davis, and elsewhere have linked an ADAMTS20 gene variant to the development of cleft lip with or without cleft palate in dogs and suspect it could have a similar function in humans, as they report in PLOS Genetics. They analyzed seven Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers with cleft lip or palate and 112 controls to home in on a region segregating with the phenotype.

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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.