ANAHEIM, Calif.--Bioterrorism could be the next frontier for the application of bioinformatics tools. Speaking at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science here late last month, Craig Venter, founder of Celera Genomics and the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Md., called for genetic maps to be made of all pathogens that could be used as biological weapons. A genomic database of pathogens such as anthrax and bubonic plague could be used to defend the US against terrorist attacks, he contended.

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