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Science. 2002 Jun 14;296(5575):2028-33. Epub 2002 May 9.

Comparative genome sequencing for discovery of novel polymorphisms in Bacillus anthracis.

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  • 1The Institute for Genomic Research, 9712 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, USA., Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA.

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Comparison of the whole-genome sequence of Bacillus anthracis isolated from a victim of a recent bioterrorist anthrax attack with a reference reveals 60 new markers that include single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), inserted or deleted sequences, and tandem repeats. Genome comparison detected four high-quality SNPs between the two sequenced B. anthracis chromosomes and seven differences among different preparations of the reference genome. These markers have been tested on a collection of anthrax isolates and were found to divide these samples into distinct families. These results demonstrate that genome-based analysis of microbial pathogens will provide a powerful new tool for investigation of infectious disease outbreaks.

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