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.
Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.
Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.
Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.
In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.