By Andrea Anderson

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a study appearing online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an American research team describes how they used genomics to help track down the source of Bacillus anthracis spores used in the 2001 Amerithrax attacks.

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