urinary tract infection

Using meat and clinical samples collected prospectively over a year, researchers found evidence for poultry-to-human transmission of Escherichia coli sequence type 131.

The award will go toward the development of MicrobeDx's technology for detecting the presence of bacteria in clinical urine specimens and to which antibiotics they are susceptible.

Using genetic probes and fluorescent scanning, the firm plans to market the $20 test for pathogens that cause urinary tract infections and biological warfare.

The test cartridge runs on the company's Unyvero platform and covers 103 diagnostic targets for various pathogens and markers of antibiotic resistance.

OpGen recently launched the first Acuitas test, which is designed to detect the most common bacterial causes of complicated urinary tract infections.

The firm will begin initial trials for antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infection detection in UK hospitals in early 2018.

GenomeDx will have exclusive rights to distribute the molecular tests in most of the US, while Pathnostics continues to perform the assays in-house.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gene-environment interactions affecting BMI, transposon mutagenesis study of UTI-linked bacteria, and more.

Researchers have shown that metagenomic sequencing on the MinIon can identify the pathogen and antimicrobial resistance profile of UTIs in several hours. 

Researchers are scouring samples for antibiotic resistance genes using sequencing, NBC News reports.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.