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Simple HealthKit At-Home Sexual Health Kit

Simple HealthKit, a Fremont, California-based clinical diagnostic laboratory, has launched an expanded at-home sexual health kit for five common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis (tested via molecular methods); and HIV and syphilis (tested via enzyme immunoassay). Users submit a self-collected finger stick and urine sample to the company's CLIA-certified labs, where tests are processed within 24 hours of receipt. The company includes a telehealth visit and aftercare for those who test positive for one or more conditions. The test is $99.99 and is not available in New York State, according to the company's website.

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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.