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The FBI is working to quell skepticism surrounding its asserton that Bruce Ivins was behind the 2001 anthrax attacks. During two press briefings, agency reps laid out how they built their case with a mix of science and detective work. First, CDC analysis of the anthrax powder showed that it was not a uniform population, and then Paul Keim's group sequenced the variants' DNA.

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

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