The French metagenomic sequencing firm received funding from both historical and new investors, including debt financing from Norgine Ventures.
Researchers focused on using existing computational methods to fill in gaps in the human microbiome without reference genomes.
By analyzing metagenomic sequences found in thousands of human mouth and gut samples, researchers tracked down almost 45.7 million distinct microbial genes.
The researchers have applied for a patent on the method, dubbed MaPS-seq, which could be used to identify clinical biomarkers or turned into a kit.
The gut microbiomes of athletes have higher levels of Veillonella, which metabolizes lactic acid into propionate and boosts exercise capacity.
With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Biohub will help implement metagenomic sequencing for infectious disease projects in 10 countries.
In PLOS this week: epigenetic changes following hepatitis C virus treatment, metagenomic analysis of Ugandan children with febrile illness, and more.
The team is now conducting additional studies of mNGS in plasma, as well as looking to reduce turnaround time by running the test on a nanopore sequencer.
Two research groups have released new long-read datasets and a metagenomics-specific genome assembler for the analysis of microbial communities.
The FLASH method, which depletes unwanted DNA from samples, allows labs to perform deep metagenomic sequencing on smaller, less expensive instruments.
NPR says the explosion and fire earlier this week at a Russian lab that stores dangerous pathogens revives the question of whether such samples should be kept.
According to Wired, Nebula Genomics is providing a way for people to get their genomes sequenced anonymously.
A 26-year-old woman tells Cosmopolitan about learning her APOE status at a young age.
In Science journals this week: a functional genomic screen uncovers drug combination that increases KRAS inhibitor efficacy in aggressive lung cancer, and more.