This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team of UK researchers report on a genomic surveillance system that is the size of a suitcase and can be transported to the field to provide on-site Ebola virus genome sequencing within 24 hours of sample collection. The researchers demonstrated the system with 142 Ebola virus samples collected in 2015 and say their work shows that real-time genomic surveillance is possible even in resource-limited settings to rapidly monitor outbreaks.

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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.