Researchers have turned to whole-genome sequencing to investigate how bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus spread throughout hospitals — in 2011, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute researchers traced a MRSA outbreak at Cambridge's Rosie Hospital to a new strain that spread to the parents of the children on the ward and one healthcare worker, Ian Sample writes at the Guardian.

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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.