Monday, 07 May 2018 15:06

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

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What's hot in the microbial sciences? ASM summarizes microbiology news and reports in Microbial Minutes, a biweekly news roundup. Watch the YouTube session for summaries and major findings, and read the reports and news coverage for yourself below. What should we highlight next time? Leave a suggestion in our comments section!


2018.5.7 MM 1Drastic increase in diseases spread by mosquitos + ticks

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


2018.5.7 MM 2CRISPR 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.


2018.5.7 MM 4IgA 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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Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is the ASM Science Communications Specialist. She contributes to the ASM social media and blog network and hosts the Meet the Microbiologist podcast. She also runs workshops at ASM conferences to help scientists improve their own communication skills. Follow Julie on Twitter for more ASM and microbiology highlights at @JulieMarieWolf.

Julie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, focusing on medical mycology and infectious disease. Outside of her work at ASM, she maintains a strong commitment to scientific education and teaches molecular biology at the community biolab, Genspace. She lives in beautiful New York City.