DNA detectives crack the case on biothreat look-alikes

Published: 24/08/2017
DNA detectives crack the case on biothreat look-alikes
Source: WWW.SCIENCEDAILY.COM

Biological "detectives" are tracking down biothreats such as the bacteria that causes tularemia ("rabbit fever"), but they constantly face the challenge of avoiding false positives. Sounding the alarm over a bioattack, only to find it's a harmless relative in the same genus, reduces credibility and public trust. New work is narrowing down the confusion over Francisella bacteria, a few species

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