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GENOMICS AND MICROBIOLOGY: Enhanced: Microbial Forensics--"Cross-Examining Pathogens"

Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. An impressive demonstration of DNA polymorphism detection and analysis by genomic comparison of two Bacillus anthracis strains reveals the potential power of microbial forensics (Read et al.). In this Perspective, Cummings and Relman discuss how detecting molecular variations between related microbial strains can be used to infer the origin and transmission route of a microbial strain that has caused an infectious disease outbreak either naturally or through manipulation as a bioweapon.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Review, Graph/chart
Audience Level: Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate

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Authors and Editors: Craig A. Cummings of Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, David A. Relman of and Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
Publisher: AAAS
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