NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Lassa virus, unlike its Ebola cousin, appears to have ancient origins and its appearances in humans seem to mostly be due to reservoir-to-human transmissions, according to an analysis of some 200 Lassa virus sequences.

"The reason Lassa hasn't yet grown into this huge epidemic is because there is limited transmission between humans," first author Kristian Andersen from the Scripps Research Institute said in a statement. "That's a major difference between Lassa virus and Ebola virus."

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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