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In PLOS this week: mitochondrial mutation linked to tubulointerstitial kidney disease, asthma protection variant, and more.

The research team evaluated the Illumina MiSeq and Ion PGM sequencing platforms, as well as the bioinformatics pipelines TBProfiler and Mykrobe predictor.

In PLOS this week: genetic evolution of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, mutation rate variation patterns in people, and more.

The evidence-based guidelines for testing individuals at risk of latent or active TB infection include recommendations on interferon-gamma release and molecular assays.

The company has identified markers of latent disease that it is now investigating to see if they could be useful for predicting progression to active infection.

Q-POC

The funding will be used to further develop a 20-minute tuberculosis detection assay and drug susceptibility test using the firm's handheld Q-POC microfluidic PCR system.

In PNAS this week: effect of structural variants on gene expression in cancer, Mycobacterium tuberculosis population genomics study, and more.

Cepheid noted that the cartridge is not currently part of its five-year commercial plan, but the firm is in discussions with outside parties to push development forward.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, scanning electron micrograph

Sequencing on post-mortem samples from individuals infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis and HIV revealed diversification and spread of the TB pathogen in the body.

Synlab, a European lab services provider, found the test performed well on samples with low bacterial load and non-respiratory samples.

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He Jiankui is no longer affiliated with Direct Genomics Biotechnology, the single molecule sequencing company he founded, Nikkei Asian Review reports.

23andMe is offering early customers re-testing on newer chips for a fee, Wired reports.

Newsweek writes about the hopes for precision medicine in cancer, but also challenges getting it to patients.

In Genome Research this week: genomic architecture of glioblastoma, predictive computational approach to estimate SNP fitness, and more.