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.
Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, is calling for the swift rollout of predictive genetic tests, the Guardian reports.
A WHO panel is calling for a global registry of human germline gene-editing projects, according to Stat News.
Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.
In Genome Biology this week: analysis of wild and cultivated peach genomes, Hi-C-based pipeline for assembling microbial genomes from metagenomic data, and more.