MRSA

The test MRSA and MSSA directly from blood culture samples in about one hour, compared to between 48 and 72 hours with other methods, the company said. 

When researchers sequenced some 800 global Staphylococcus aureus isolates, they saw signs of previous jumps from humans to domestic animals and beyond.

Collaborators said that the test is accurate and reliable for the rapid detection of the most common gram-positive bacteria responsible for bloodstream infections.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's Sharon Peacock argued a sequencing-based pathogen surveillance approach could uncover outbreaks faster.

Natera outlined its work with pharmaceutical firms to use the Signatera assay, while Luminex was bullish about its growing molecular diagnostics business.

Performed on the company's Safetube platform, GFC's Microscreen test uses DNA hybridization to detect biomarkers in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new version of CRISPR that targets RNA, and more.

Using MRSA isolates from England, researchers uncovered hospital-specific, community-specific, and overlapping transmission clusters.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

Scientists studied blood samples from 300 patients with septicemia, examining how different MRSA strains behave and assessing their lethality.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.