Staphylococcus

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: host genetic variants affecting Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, differentially methylated regions in lung cancer, and more.

The amplicon sequencing method, called resistance mutation sequencing (RM-seq), may help in detecting resistance earlier than traditional techniques.

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

The Vanderbilt researchers combined MALDI imaging-based proteomics, ICP-MS metal imaging, bioluminescent imaging, and MRI to study the development of staph infections.

The German company said the open-access platform, called Pharos V8, can provide real-time PCR results in 10 minutes.   

The company plans to launch a test for gram-negative bacteria next, and will work with developers and freelancers to develop additional assay content

Based on iCubate's Amplicon-Rescued Multiplex PCR technology, the iC-GPC assay is the first of the company's portfolio's to earn CE mark.

The iC-System is based on on iCubate's amplicon-rescued multiplex PCR technology, which detects multiple pathogens simultaneously.

Researchers sequenced samples from children with eczema and found that one Saureus strain dominates during severe disease flares, though it varies by patient.

Old Infections

Researchers have isolated Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Gardnerella vaginalis from an 800-year-old skeleton, New Historian reports.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.