NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An international team led by investigators in the US, Sierra Leone, and the UK has garnered genetic evidence suggesting that the current Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa involves a form of the virus not linked to recent outbreaks in the region.

Instead, the strain appears to have diverged from other Ebola virus lineages originating in Middle Africa around a decade ago.

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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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