Although considered an extinct calamity, leprosy is an infectious disease still present in more than hundred countries.
The skin serves as the first line of interaction with the external environment and as a defence mechanism against the physical, chemical, or biological stresses and challenges it encounters. The skin microbiota plays a key role in these interactions and defence functions. Formerly known as "skin flora", it colonises every square centimetre of the skin. Its role is fundamental to both skin health and the overall well-being of the body. What are the factors that influence its composition, and what disrupts its functions?
A targeted deep sequencing assay identifies multidrugresistant tuberculosis strains responsible for silent outbreaks
The cutaneous microbiota has become a subject of interest for the nutri-cosmetics, dermo-cosmetics and beauty industries. New products have been launched that claim to respect the skin's microbiota, as well as skincare products containing a new category of active ingredients - pre-, pro- and post-biotics - designed to protect, rebalance or maintain its equilibrium. These innovations have been made possible by significant scientific and technological advances in the study of microbiota.
For over a decade, GenoScreen has been committed to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world. The company's journey began with the groundbreaking development of MIRU-VNTR typing kits in 2013 which marked a turning point in TB research and control by enabling rapid and accurate identification of TB strains. This breakthrough technology provided an unparalleled level of resolution in characterizing TB strains, essential for the management and control of TB outbreaks, allowing researchers and public health authorities to track the spread of the disease more efficiently and prevent further outbreaks.
GenoScreen is now a certified service provider of Oxford Nanopore Technologies.