Sales of Illumina's MiSeq benchtop sequencer and sequencing consumables drove double-digit percent sequential revenue growth in the company's sequencing business for the first quarter of 2012, the company reported this week.

In the first quarter, Illumina "had record orders for both the MiSeq instrument and sequencing consumables," chief financial officer Marc Stapley said during a conference call to discuss the company's first quarter earnings.

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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.