metagenomics

A metagenomic test of spinal fluid found that a man's encephalitis was due to a tapeworm, Scientific American reports.

With growing interest in single-cell sequencing, researchers are looking to increase the throughput while also reducing cost.

The company hopes to raise funding this summer and has been conducting pilots with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The researchers analyzed DNA from more than 6,500 samples taken from patients, staff, patient rooms, nurse stations, water, and air. 

The tool has been applied to determine the pathogenic cause of hemorrhagic fever, and is powering a new test for respiratory disease pathogens.

Giant viruses may have developed from smaller viruses while also vacuuming up host genes, according to Ars Technica.

Eight draft microbial genomes were generated using DNA in Neanderthal plaque, as part of study aimed at uncovering Neanderthal diet, behavior, and more.

At Tri-Con, UCSF's Charles Chiu discussed validation of a metagenomic NGS test as well as a new project to develop an RNA sequencing panel for Lyme disease.

Both companies plan to offer the test to researchers and clinicians to help better determine when a patient can be diagnosed with an infectious disease.

The researchers designed tools to better classify viruses in metagenomic samples and to discover new viruses.  

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Two new Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology studies have largely reproduced the original findings, ScienceInsider reports.

DNA fingerprinting could catch some sample mix-ups at pathology labs, the New York Times says.

In Cell this week: DNA methylation and T cell exhaustion, longevity in C. elegans, and more.

A Maryland police department has turned to DNA phenotyping to develop a suspect sketch, WJLA reports.