NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Uppsala University of Uppsala, Sweden have collaborated to sequence two strains of Francisella tularensis, a bacterium that causes tularemia, or rabbit fever, the two groups said yesterday.
F. tularensis is thought to be a potential bioterror agent.
The SchuS4 strain that UU sequenced is more virulent and is found primarily in North America, while the LVL strain that LLNL sequenced is less virulent but more widespread. The SchuS4 sequence is available here. The LVS sequence is being published here. Both sequences will also be submitted to Genbank once they are fully annotated.
The LLNL project was funded by the DOE and other USagencies. The European-American consortium was funded by the US Army Medical Research and Material Command, the UK Ministry of Defense, the Swedish Ministry of Defense, and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.