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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: somatic mutation associations unearthed in thousands of cancer exomes, pathogen detection assay, and more.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Swiss-based pathogen sequencing analysis firm BioInnovation Solutions today said that it and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have developed a panel for the rapid detection and surveillance of filoviruses, such as Ebola and Marburg.

The agreement provides Akonni access to nucleic acid sequences, primers, and probes for several important biothreat agents, which it will incorporate into molecular tests on its TruArray and TruSentry platforms.

Akonni plans to use the content to develop products to expand its market presence beyond detection of infectious diseases, including global biosecurity.

The startup will use its using next-generation sequencing-based technology for applications aimed at identifying biothreats.

Bloomberg reports that the DNA-for-cash deal reported in Kentucky might be a more widespread scam.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have treated infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency using gene therapy in an early phase study.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that some African Americans are turning to DNA ancestry testing to help guide genealogical searches.

In Nature this week: a genomic analysis of the snailfish Pseudoliparis swirei, ancient DNA analysis gives insight into the introduction of farming to England, and more.