Microbial Minutes: Sequencing Influenza, CRISPR Diagnostics, and arthropod-borne disease trends

May 7, 2018

What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. ‚Äč

Drastic Increase in Diseases Spread by Mosquitos + Ticks

Rosenberg R et al. Vital signs: trends in reported vector-borne disease cases – United States and territories, 2004 – 2016. MMWR 67(17). May 4 2018

CRISPR Technology Will Help Build Better Diagnostic Tests

Gootenberg JS et al. Multiplexed and portable nucleic acid detection platform with Cas13, Cas12a, and Csm6. Science 360(6387). April 27 2018.

Myhrvold C et al. Field-deployable viral diagnostics using CRISPR-Cas13. Science 360(6387). April 27 2018.

Chen JS et al. CRISPR-Cas12a target binding unleashes indiscriminate single-stranded DNase activity. Science 360(6387). April 27 2018.

1st Direct RNA Viral Genome Sequencing Will Improve Rx

Keller MW et al. Direct RNA sequencing of the complete influenza A virus genome. bioRxiv. April 20 2018.

Synbio Community to Make a Virus-Proof Human Genome 

Press Release: Ultra-safe cells resistant to natural viruses announced as first GP-write major project. EurekAlert! May 1 2018.

IgA Plays an Important Role in Gut Microbiome Makeup

Donaldson GP et al. Gut microbiota utilize immunoglobulin A for mucosal colonization. Science May 3 2018.

Fadlallah J et al. Microbial ecology perturbation in human IgA deficiency. Science Translational Medicine 10(439). May 2 2018.

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Author: Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf
Dr. Julie Wolf is in science communications at Indie Bio, and was a former ASM employee. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.