NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of new PLoS ONE studies suggests specific gene expression signatures in host blood samples correspond with symptomatic viral and bacterial infections — information that may ultimately lead to more effective ways of detecting, tracking, and treating such diseases.

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