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  •  If you research more you will find evidence ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Credible witnesses including several government scientists have made testimony and statements that support the possibility that unauthorized use was made of the labs at Ft. Detrick.  A large amount of evidence suggests that the attacker was a person with access to laboratory facilites, experience with sporulating bacilli, and living somewhere in the NYC- Philadelphia corridor. There is published evidence that the Ames strain of anthrax was used in the attacks. Comparative Genome Sequencing for Discovery of Novel Polymorphisms in Bacillus anthracis:

    Timothy D. Read,1 Steven L. Salzberg,1 Mihai Pop,1 Martin Shumway,1 Lowell Umayam,1 Lingxia Jiang,1 Erik Holtzapple,1 Joseph D. Busch,2 Kimothy L. Smith,2 James M. Schupp,2 Daniel Solomon,2 Paul Keim,2 Claire M. Fraser1*

    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.

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

    •   To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: anthrax@tigr.org

    Furthermore it was used in at least two forms of purification; one of which was a more concentrated form that requires special expertise to prepare in the case of the letters to Congess.  This should narrowdown the list of suspects sufficiently.  One possibility is that the FBI has identified an individual but not charged them.  Meanwhile Dr. Hatfill has sued the government and the New York Times for defamation.  Finally, no where did I state in my comment that I believe a coverup has occurred, only that the investigation has not been effective in identifying and real suspects and that this is extraordinary given the high profile of the case.  

    "I think having a profound quote I'm supposed to live by at the end of everything makes me look bad." Nivek

    by nivekabsurdo on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 02:33:25 PM PST

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      if you are not saying you see evidence the investigation was covered up, then I apologize.

      •  No I'm not saying there was a cover up. (0+ / 0-)

        If you look into it further you will see that this investigation has led to absolutely nowhere... that is what I'm pointing out.  The case they tried to build against Dr. Hatfill seems trumped up to me.  There is no doubt that the guy is a strange bird with an even stranger CV, but he was the government's bird.  He worked training troops in biowarfare techniques among other things.  He was the most convenient suspect and as in many high profile cases they tried to pin it on him.  Furtehrmore, if he even remotely had a chance to do it why haven't they carted him off to Guantanamo like Jose Padilla who only plotted terrorist actions?  

        "I think having a profound quote I'm supposed to live by at the end of everything makes me look bad." Nivek

        by nivekabsurdo on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 05:45:14 PM PST

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