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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.

In PLOS this week: a sequencing-based screen of Lyme disease-causing pathogen, the range of animals bitten by Anopheles darling mosquitoes in Peru, and more.

An NC State researcher is exploring the use of CRISPR-Cas3 as an anti-microbial, Gizmodo reports.

The Earth BioGenome Project plans to sequence all life on Earth, according to ScienceInsider.

For those who are concerned about Trump administration actions related to science, a new column in Scientific American has suggestions for ways to fight back.