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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

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.