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ChunLab TrueBac ID

Korean bioinformatics firm ChunLab has launched TrueBac ID, a cloud-based platform that combines proprietary algorithms and a manually curated reference database for bacterial identification targeting more than 12,000 species. The system can provide a full identification report within 30 minutes after a user uploads a genome assembly or raw shotgun sequencing data as a FASTQ file. The report provides fully resolved taxonomic classification, antimicrobial resistance genes, and virulence genes to facilitate correct diagnosis and appropriate therapy. In a recently published study, TrueBac ID was able to accurately identify 34 of 36 clinical isolates (94.4 percent) that were not identified using three commercially available MALDI-TOF MS systems. ChunLab said that it is providing the service for free to all users until the end of 2019 with certain restrictions. In 2020, the company plans to add functions such as strain typing to the platform.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.