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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

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.