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With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Biohub will help implement metagenomic sequencing for infectious disease projects in 10 countries.
Stakeholders discussed last year's decision by Palmetto to deny coverage for large respiratory panels and discussed the way forward for test developers and labs.
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.
According to the Verge, many US states are not including positive results from rapid COVID-19 testing in their case numbers.
Michael Caputo, the top Department of Health and Human Service spokesperson, is taking a leave of absence, CNN says.
CNBC reports that the CDC Director says a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine isn't likely to be generally available until the third quarter of 2021, timing President Donald Trump disputes.
In Nature this week: MassIVE.quant resource houses mass spectrometry-based proteomic data, influence of Viking genetics on European populations, and more.