US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

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.

An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.