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A new study suggests syphilis may have been circulating in Europe before Columbus returned from the Americas, Science reports.
Genetic diversity in one gene appears to help the bacterium that causes syphilis evade the immune system.
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.
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 Lancet has made changes to its peer-review process in response to ites recent retraction of a COVID-19-related paper, Science reports.
The New York Times reports that a series of emails show how Department of Health and Human Services officials sought to silence the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A new initiative aims to move Australia's genome sequencing labs onto one system, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
In PLOS this week: recessive mutation tied to early-onset dilated cardiomyopathy, epigenetic analysis of lung adenocarcinoma, and more.