syphilis

From infant skeletal remains going back hundreds of years, a team produced three Treponema pallidum genomes, representing both syphilis- and yaws-causing sub-species.

The test is designed to detect and differentiate herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, Treponema pallidum, and varicella-zoster virus.

Researchers sequenced dozens of Treponema pallidum isolates associated with syphilis, yaws, or bejel to look at the emergence of pandemic syphilis.

The firm said that the system is unique because it consists of cell, immunoassay, and nucleic acid tests within one platform.   

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic networks involved in antibiotic sensitivity, syphilis pathogen proteome, and more.

Chembio Diagnostics has published a study demonstrating the utility of its antibody-based Dual Path Platform point-of-care test for syphilis.

The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.