Zika virus

The latest version of the nucleic acid detection platform uses three CRISPR enzymes, making it more sensitive and capable of smaller quantitative measurements.

The researchers built a combination nucleic acid-antibody test for the disease using an approach they said could be generally useful for rapid test development.

Designed to run on the company's Sentosa real-time PCR system, the test has been approved for identifying and differentiating Zika in patients.  

First Stages

Early trial of experimental gene-based Zika vaccine indicates it is tolerated and leads to an antibody response.

As gene drive research is being proposed to find a solution to infectious disease outbreaks, some organizations say we must lay an ethical groundwork for its use.

The test is intended for use by blood collection facilities and is not approved for the individual diagnosis of Zika infection.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: ancient African genome sequences, Zika virus mutation linked to microcephaly, and more.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gene classifier for predicting breast cancer metastases, call for standardized Zika virus reference sequences, and more.

The PCR-based test can simultaneously detect for the Zika virus, all serotypes of the dengue virus, the chikungunya virus, the West Nile virus, and a host gene. 

The US Food and Drug Administration yesterday granted emergency use authorization to Thermo Fisher Scientific's TaqPath Zika Virus Kit.

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Mice in New York harbor both antibiotic-resistant bacteria and novel viruses, according to a new analysis of their fecal microbiomes.

Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative has issued guidelines for genomic research in the region, according to Nature News.

The Associated Press reports that an ethicist predicts that prenatal diagnosis and other advances will lead to more choices being available to prospective parents.

In Genome Biology this week: approach to analyze alternative polyadenylation, algorithm to predict transcriptomic structural variations, and more.