Q fever

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: DNA barcodes for identifying plants in herbal remedies, copy number and DNA methylation patterns in HBV-linked liver cancer, and more.

BioMérieux’s NucliSens EasyQ MRSA test; Abbott's RealTime CMV assay; Roche's Cobas TaqScreen MPX Test v2.0; Idaho Tech's Q Fever molecular assay; Gen-Probe's Panther system.

The test, developed by Idaho Technology, detects for Coxiella burnetii DNA in blood samples, and results can be achieved within four hours.

Using bioinformatics, an American research team has found that more than a dozen species of Rickettsia bacteria — both pathogenic and non-pathogenic — share a conserved type IV secretion system.

Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

By introducing genes from butterfly peas and Canterbury bells, researchers in Japan have developed a blue chrysanthemum, according to NPR.

Plant researchers plan to sequence some 10,000 samples that represent the major plant clades, ScienceInsider reports.

In Nature this week: a Danish reference genome, and more.