NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Using PCR to diagnose infectious disease penetrated public awareness in an unprecedented new way last year when, during the height of public focus on Ebola, the technique began popping up even in general stories about the disease in popular media outlets.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.

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