Dramatic genetic diversity in Mycobacterium leprae isolates from medieval Europe could point to a long history or potential origins on the continent.
In Nature this week: the whole-genome sequencing of the rose, and genetic risk for leprosy.
A team of European researchers analyzed DNA from infected medieval skeletons to find the HLA allele DRB1*15:01 was more common among leprosy patients.
In PLOS this week: ramifications of sexual recombination in bacteria, Mycobacterium leprae genome sequences, and more.
In PLOS this week: sequence of babaco plant-infecting virus, expression profiles of virulent and non-virulent Trypanosoma cruzi, and more.
Following treated leprosy patients, researchers saw three cases of recurrence that were classified as re-infection or relapse cases with genome sequences.
In PLOS this week: social environment contributes to phenotypic variation, zebu genetic patterns and population structure, and more.
Genetic analysis indicated that he was infected with a strain now found in south-central and western Asia.
An international team of researchers has uncovered leprosy in red squirrels of the British Isles.
In PLOS this week: leprosy origins in Colombian populations, gene expression study of fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, and more.
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.