“The autonomous pathogen detection system” is a cumbersome name, so around Lawrence Livermore National Lab, bio smoke alarm will do. “If you believe a smoke alarm is the size of a file cabinet and weighs a couple hundred pounds, it’s a smoke alarm,” says Patrick Fitch, who, after three years in the human genome center at LLNL, has taken his sequencing expertise to a new counter-terrorism program he leads for chemical and biological national security.

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