Tag Archives: DNA

Scientists finally figured out why you rarely get sick in the summer

Ever wonder where colds get their name? Or why we’re all coughs and sniffles during the winter but are rarely sick in the summer? Turns out our genes change with the seasons, just like the weather. During the winter months, our bodies pump up the levels of many of the genes linked with inflammation, triggering the tell-tale signs of swelling Continues →

A cloud-compatible bioinformatics pipeline for ultrarapid pathogen identification from next-generation sequencing of clinical samples

Samia N. Naccache, Scot Federman, Narayanan Veeeraraghavan, et al Published online June 4, 2014 in advance of the print journal. Abstract Unbiased next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches enable comprehensive pathogen detection in the clinical microbiology laboratory and have numerous applications for public health surveillance, outbreak investigation, and the diagnosis of infectious diseases. However, practical deployment of the technology is hindered by Continues →

Bartonella henselae and B. koehlerae DNA in Birds

Volume 20, Number 3—March 2014 Emerging Infectious Disease Bartonella henselae and B. koehlerae DNA in Birds   To the Editor: Bartonellosis, a globally emerging vector-borne zoonotic bacterial disease, is caused by hemotropic, gram-negative, aerobic, facultative intracellular Bartonella spp. (1). Of the 30 Bartonella species/subspecies, 17 have been associated with human infections (2,3). Each species has a reservoir host(s), within which Continues →

Tick-borne Pathogens in Northwestern California, USA [ B. miyamotoi is as abundant as its congener B. burgdorferi but is not tested for in humans ]

Daniel J. Salkeld , Stephanie Cinkovich, and Nathan C. Nieto To the Editor: In northwestern California, USA, the western black-legged tick, Ixodes pacificus, is a known vector ofBorrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease.B. miyamotoi, which is more closely related to spirochetes that cause relapsing fever, has also been detected in 2 locations in California (1,2) and has recently been implicated as a Continues →