TIGR Begins Assault on the Anthrax Genome

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Science  22 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5559, pp. 1442-1443
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5559.1442

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The Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Maryland, plans to sequence as many as 20 different Bacillus anthracis strains from around the world--three times more than have been sequenced for any other species. Having a wide range of anthrax genome sequences could help investigators nab future bioterrorists and aid in designing drugs and vaccines. But the plan for the vast project was hatched last summer, well before fears of bioterrorism exploded.