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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Host genetic variants influence both susceptibility to and severity of meningitis infections, while bacterial variants only influence disease invasiveness, a new study has found.

While Streptococcus pneumoniae commonly colonizes the human throat and nose, it sometimes leads to life-threatening conditions including meningitis, which has a fatality rate between 17 percent and 20 percent.

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The chief executive of the National Health Service in England is to call for tumor-agnostic drugs to be "fast-tracked," according to the Times.

Researchers in Australia are sequencing the Wollemi pine tree to try to protect it from extinction, Australia's ABC News reports.

Computerworld ranks Illumina as one of the top midsize organizations to work at in IT.

In Genome Research this week: links between biological aging and mutations affecting epigenetic regulators; long-read sequencing-based strategy to map chromatin accessibility; and more.