In a recent feature in Australian Life Scientist, Fiona Wylie examines "how next-generation sequencing could save the Tasmanian devil" from the perils of devil facial tumor disease — or DFTD — which has put Sarcophilus harrisii on the endangered species list since 2008. DFTD cancer is spread "by the physical transfer of living cancer cells through biting," representing a rare mode of disease transmission, Wylie says.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.