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The Complexities of the Common Cold

Since mapping the genomes of different strains of the rhinovirus, University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have been working on developing a diagnostic test. And, CNN reports, the test for the common cold was expected to cost $2,000 though now may be closer to $20, and would be a boon for people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for whom colds can be dangerous. "Fifty percent of the exacerbations that occur in patients who have these two diseases are due to a rhinovirus infection," says UMD’s Stephen Liggett. "So it's that group of people we are targeting. Those would be the first group we'd like to help." Liggett adds that by studying cold virus’ genomes that the strains can be assembled into a "family tree."

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.