Unraveling VRSA

An international team led by investigators at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary reports in the American Society for Microbiology journal mBio this week on its comparative genomic analysis of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains. The researchers specifically focused on the strains' positions within the clade most commonly associated with hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus infection in the US — clonal cluster 5, or CC5.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.