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GeneIQ One Choice Report and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

GeneIQ, a molecular diagnostics service provider based in Dallas, Texas, has launched the One Choice Report and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. The report features a PCR-based detection method that includes a panel of microbial organisms commonly found in urinary tract infections, women's health related infections, sexually transmitted infections, and wound infections. The report incorporates polymicrobial infections, antibiotic resistance markers, antibiotic side effect profiles, and the patients' known antibiotic allergies to help select treatment that is both safe and effective. In addition, by incorporating an antibiotic stewardship the report gives stakeholders the ability to monitor trends of infections in their community and to track antibiotic resistance as a key indicator.

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Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.