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The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

By sequencing autopsy samples linked to an anthrax outbreak in 1979, investigators got a glimpse at Bacillus anthracis spores from a USSR production facility.

Researchers identified a form of Bacillus cereus from wild and domestic animals in West and Central Africa that contains virulence plasmids found in B. anthracis.

'An Ordinary Strain'

Researchers have analyzed the genome of the anthrax strain from the 1979 bioweapons accident in the Soviet Union.

Oh, Put That Anywhere

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-operated lab had its permit for working with dangerous pathogens suspended due to safety violations, USA Today reports.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the handling of samples at four Department of Defense labs, the New York Times reports.

Better Methods Needed

A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's examination of the 2001 anthrax mailings had some scientific shortcomings.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Accelerate Diagnostics yesterday announced that it has partnered with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Laboratory to develop faster methods of analyzing biological threats such as anthrax and plague.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two research consortia will receive as much as $52.4 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to continue studies using structural genomics to characterize the structures of proteins from a number of dangerous bacterial, protozoan, and vir

Idaho Technology said this week that its Razor EX BioThreat Detection System has received approval and certification as an AOAC performance-tested method for detecting Bacillus anthracis spores collected from the air on filter or liquid matrices.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.