Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.
The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has amassed a team to spot DNA orders that could be used in bioweapons, Bloomberg reports.
The sequencing of a more than 100-year-old smallpox vaccine finds that it contains horsepox, researchers write in NEJM.
Canadian researchers have re-created the horsepox virus, ScienceInsider reports.
A sequenced variola virus isolate from the 1600s points to a relatively recent common ancestor for viruses involved in 20th century smallpox infections.
By sequencing ancient and contemporary indigenous individuals from Canada's Pacific Coast, researchers uncovered clues to a post-colonization population bottleneck.
The agreement provides Akonni access to nucleic acid sequences, primers, and probes for several important biothreat agents, which it will incorporate into molecular tests on its TruArray and TruSentry platforms.
Newsweek discusses the privacy issues raised by digital medicine.
A group of statisticians want to eliminate researchers' reliance on 'statistical significance,' according to NPR.
In Nature this week: genetic analysis of Anatolian farmers, cotton genome analysis, and more.
Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.