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Despite the diversity detected in Group A Streptococcus strains from more than 20 countries, investigators narrowed in on broadly shared sequences with relatively low variation.

The method, presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, may provide results in hours rather than a week or more.

Filamentous prophages turned up in a significant proportion of cystic fibrosis Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections, particular in older patients and drug-resistant cases.

To understand the evolution of brain conditions and other traits, investigators plan to sequence human and pathogen DNA in thousands of samples from Europe.

Multi-drug resistant Enterococcus faecalis isolates from a Wisconsin hospital contained independent mutations falling at overlapping resistance-related loci.

The projects, set to begin this year, concern prostate cancer, infectious diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, and sleep disorders.

The company has initial financing of $35 million, and has licensed its foundational SHERLOCK and INSPECTR technologies from the Broad and Harvard, respectively.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: protein-coding variants associated with body-fat distribution, and more.

Researchers used genomic, transcriptomic, and virulence data on thousands of Streptococcus pyogenes strains to identify features influencing infections.

The Boston-based startup will use the funds to expedite prototype development of its sample preparation technology and computational approach.

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Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.