There are many drugs out there that only work for a portion of patients, and personalized medicine approaches aim to direct patients to the drugs that will work for them. But, as the J. Craig Venter Institute's Nicholas Schork writes at Nature, standard clinical trials can't be used to test such personal interventions.

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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.

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