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


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  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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Ravel, J., Jiang, L., Stanley, S. T., Wilson, M. R., Decker, R. S., Read, T. D., Worsham, P., Keim, P. S., Salzberg, S. L., Fraser-Liggett, C. M., & Rasko, D. A. (2009). The complete genome sequence of Bacillus anthracis Ames "Ancestor". Journal of Bacteriology, 91(1), 445-446.