A five-year deal between the US Food and Drug Administration and Life Technologies marks the latest sequencing-related move in the federal agency's ongoing efforts to characterize, detect, and track foodborne pathogens.

The agreement focuses on using genome sequence data as a source of information for finding markers that can be incorporated into rapid molecular tests to detect and distinguish between various strains and serotypes of Escherichia coli and Salmonella.

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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.