Zika virus

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.

The group will study the potential risks and benefits of using CRISPR/Cas9 to develop gene drive systems for control and manipulation of mosquito populations.

The assay is based on real-time reverse transcriptase PCR that will identify Zika in human serum or urine. 

An OpenArray panel designed to simultaneously test for 17 viruses and 13 bacteria and protozoa was able to detect pathogens from human blood donor samples with an accuracy of about 95 percent.

Presenters at ASM have used next-generation sequencing to examine Ebola, Zika, and respiratory virus infection and transmission.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of Zika virus, and more.

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Labs in the US and South Korea are hoping to bring the woolly mammoth back from beyond extinction, Newsweek writes.

Researchers link genetic links between education and smoking and longevity.

Geneticist Adam Rutherford speaks with National Geographic about paleogenetics, race, and more.

In PNAS this week: influence of gene environment interactions on polygenic traits, epigenetic features affecting fruit fly foraging, and more.