News of the WeekANTHRAX SEQUENCE

Useful Data But No Smoking Gun

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Science  10 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5570, pp. 1002-1003
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5570.1002

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Seven months after anthrax letters hit U.S. media and government offices, investigators still haven't nabbed a suspect--and the genome project launched in part to help them seems unlikely to provide a break either. An analysis of the genome of the strain used in the attacks, published online this week by Science (www.sciencexpress.org), has yielded extra tools for fingerprinting the hundreds of different anthrax strains, but little in the paper suggests that it can help the FBI tie the attack strain to a specific lab.