plague Ancient Yersinia Pestis Shows No Link to Neolithic Population Decline A 5,000-year-old Y. pestis genome from a hunter-gatherer in present-day Latvia did not contain a virulence factor previously linked to plague transmission by flea vectors. Ancient Plague Genomes Point to Sources of Outbreaks in Europe After Black Death Pandemic By sequencing Yersinia pestis isolates from several 14th to 18th century sites, researchers characterized a Second Plague lineage and proposed a reservoir for it. Ancient Siberian Genomes Reveal Link to Native Americans Researchers teased apart population interactions in Siberia's Lake Baikal region as far back as the Upper Paleolithic, identifying early genetic ties to individuals migrating to the Americas. Plague Genomes Reveal How Pandemic Spread in 14th, 18th Centuries During the Black Death, Yersinia pestis isolates had low genetic diversity, but they diversified in multiple clades as the pandemic raged on. Ancient Y. Pestis Genome Analyses ID Early Diversification During First Plague Pandemic Researchers reconstructed eight Yersinia pestis genomes using a method called "SNPEvaluation" that demonstrated genetic diversification among samples. Dec 6, 2018 Prehistoric Plague Pandemic Probable According to Ancient DNA Analysis Nov 27, 2018 Medieval Plague Genomes Help Retrace Pandemic's Routes Jun 8, 2018 Bronze Age Plague Pathogen Sequences Suggest Early Flea Transmissibility Nov 22, 2017 Plague Bacteria Entered Europe During Neolithic Age, Genetic Analysis Finds Sep 6, 2017 Madagascar's Plague Phylogeography Points to Ongoing Local Transmission Aug 31, 2016 High-Coverage Genome Offers Peek at Justinian Plague Genetics Jun 8, 2016 Single Plague Lineage Led to Ancient, Modern Disease Outbreaks Feb 11, 2016 Study Describes Two Plague Pathogen Subpopulations in Uganda Jan 13, 2016 Analysis of Ancient Plague DNA Suggests Long-Term Persistence of Yersinia Pestis in Europe Oct 22, 2015 Genomic Study Finds Yersinia Pestis Has Plagued Humans for More Than 5,000 Years Jun 30, 2015 Picking up Protease Allowed Y. Pestis to Cause Pneumonic Plague, Study Finds Nov 4, 2014 Accelerate Dx, CDC Collaborate on Early Detection of Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Aug 21, 2014 Genomics in the Journals Aug 21, 2014 Jan 28, 2014 Genomic Analysis Finds Different Plague Strains Were Behind Plague of Justinian, Black Death Nov 20, 2013 Univ. of Chicago Nabs $4.4M to Study Mystery Genes in Plague, Brucellosis Nov 20, 2012 Structural Genomics Consortia Land up to $52M from NIAID Aug 30, 2011 Genetic Study Supports Role for Yersinia Pestis Bacteria in Black Death Feb 10, 2011 Akonni Biosystems Licenses USAMRIID IP to Develop Molecular Tests for Biothreat Agents Premium Nov 1, 2010 International Team Tracks Plague Pathogen Patterns Using Sequencing and Phylogenetics Feb 17, 2009 Around the Regions: February 17, 2009 Premium Breaking News Myriad Genetics More Than Doubles Quarterly Revenues Pacific Biosciences Acquires Sample Preparation Firm Circulomics Bruker Posts 34 Percent Jump in Q2 Revenues GenomeWeb Index Gains Slightly in July as Fluidigm, PerkinElmer, Bio-Rad Post Strong Increases Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research Wins $2.9M NIH Grant to Study Polygenic Embryo Screening Top Five Articles on GenomeWeb Last Week: CDC, Bio-Rad, 10x Genomics, PerkinElmer, and More The Scan And Back The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database. Lacks Family Hires Attorney A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports. For the Unknown The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona. PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.