NEW YORK, Oct. 5 – A British institution involved in sequencing the bacterium that causes the deadly bubonic plague said Friday it expects to finish decoding a number of other bacteria in the near future as part of its plan to develop detection devices and antigens to ward off the effects of potentially deadly bioterrorist attacks.

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