The complete genome sequence of Bacillus anthracis Ames "Ancestor"

Jacques Ravel, Lingxia Jiang, Scott T. Stanley, Mark R. Wilson, R. Scott Decker, Timothy D. Read, Patricia Worsham, Paul S. Keim, Steven L. Salzberg, Claire M. Fraser-Liggett, David A. Rasko

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The pathogenic bacterium Bacillus anthracis has become the subject of intense study as a result of its use in a bioterrorism attack in the United States in September and October 2001. Previous studies suggested that B. anthracis Ames Ancestor, the original Ames fully virulent plasmid-containing isolate, was the ideal reference. This study describes the complete genome sequence of that original isolate, derived from a sample kept in cold storage since 1981.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-446
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Bacteriology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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