This Week in PLOS

The bacteria that cause a tropical disease called yaws can recombine with the related bug behind sexually transmitted or congenital syphilis infections via horizontal gene transfer, according to a study in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Researchers from the Czech Republic and the US sequenced the roughly 1.1 million base genome of a syphilis-causing Trepona pallidum sub-species pallidum strain from Mexico.

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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.