This Week in PNAS

A team from Ghent University, Dokuz Eylül University, and elsewhere present findings from a genome and transcriptome sequencing study of the wild olive tree, oleaster (Olea europaea var. sylvestris). With shotgun DNA sequence reads and RNA sequences from four wild olive tissues, the researchers put together and annotated a 1.48 billion base draft genome for oleaster, containing more than 50,000 predicted protein-coding genes.

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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.