At ASM Microbe, the University of Wisconsin's Caitlin Pepperell described her work putting Mycobacterium tuberculosis genomics into a historical context.
Public health microbiologists are forging ahead with WGS, even as others caution that it may not yet be ready for such a role, said speakers at ASM Microbe 2018.
Metagenomics can help researchers and clinicians uncover sources of infectious disease and discern whether pathogens are resistant to antimicrobials.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's Sharon Peacock argued a sequencing-based pathogen surveillance approach could uncover outbreaks faster.
At the American Society for Microbiology meeting, speakers sketched out an idea for a National Microbiome Data Collaborative and sought community insight.
Presenters at ASM have used next-generation sequencing to examine Ebola, Zika, and respiratory virus infection and transmission.
The ASM speaker said that strains collected from two different hospital systems also exhibited overlap in their SNP and other content.
NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.
The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.
In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.