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Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2004

ys Dabney Johnson, a genetics researcher in ORNL's Life Sciences Division. "There are four or five host genes in mice that are known to have something to do with how susceptible mice are to anthrax," Johnson said. The plan is for Johnson and colleagues to make mutations that might confer resistance to anthrax and then send mutated and normal cells to Los Alamos, where researchers hope to learn why the mutated cells aren't susceptible. Genetically, mice are remarkably similar to humans, so this information could one day help develop treatments for anthrax and other diseases. [Contact: Ron Walli, 865-576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]


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Contact: Ron Walli
wallira@ornl.gov
865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
5-Jan-2004


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