By Monica Heger

This story was originally published Oct. 17.

Sequenom said this week that it has launched its noninvasive lab-developed sequencing-based test for Down syndrome in 20 US metropolitan areas and has published a clinical validation study for the test in the journal Genetics in Medicine.

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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.