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Using sequence data for more than 1,800 Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi isolates, researchers identified 68 SNPs to trace the bug to its geographical source. 

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Researchers from both teams plan to continue to refine their findings toward creating simple PCR or other nucleic acid amplification-based assays.

The team has been monitoring changes in host gene expression patterns due to different types of infections, and hopes to develop a diagnostic test.

The assay was demonstrated to be as effective as microscopy and a rapid immunoassay at detecting Plasmodium falciparum in a sample of febrile patients in Nigeria.

In a study of unexplained acute febrile illness, researchers uncovered two new rhabdoviruses in blood samples in the unaffected control group.

In PLOS this week: nasal microbial communities in asthma patients; sequencing-based way to detect, track schistosomiasis; and more.

The New York Times speaks with Vanderbilt's John Anthony Capra about Neanderthal genes in modern humans.

A draft guidance from the FDA suggests the agency wants to more tightly control gene-edited animals, according to Technology Review.

Researchers were among this weekend's protesters bemoaning the new US administration, Vox reports.