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TGen Sequences Arizona Plague

NEW YORK, July 2 -- The Translational Genomics Research Institute yesterday announced it has completed sequencing the genome of an Arizona strain of bubonic plague, the third completed genome of the disease, joining those determined by The Sanger Center in England and the University of Wisconsin.

In a collaboration with Northern Arizona University, and Arizona State University, TGen researchers used sequenced a strain of the plague isolated in 2002 from a prairie dog colony in the northern part of the state. Plague is prevalent in animal populations in the southwestern US.

TGen said in a statement that it is filing a provisional patent on information derived from the study, the institution’s first filing.  
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