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Researchers Sequence Francisella tularensis Genome

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (GenomeWeb News) - The genome of Francisella tularensis, a pathogenic bacteria with potential as a bioweapon, has been sequenced by an international group of researchers led by the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the institute said this week.

 

According to the DSTL, no vaccine currently exists to combat infection by the organism. Details of the researchers' finding were published in this week's Nature Genetics.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.