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The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute has released GenoTHREAT — a software package that lets users detect the use of synthetic DNA as bioterrorism agents — under the Apache License Version 2.0.

GenoTHREAT implements the “best match” screening protocol method recommended by the federal government to minimize the risk that unauthorized individuals or those with malicious intent will obtain toxins and other potentially dangerous materials from DNA synthesis providers.

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