Narrator: This is Science Today. The Joint Genome Institute, which played a major role in the sequencing of human DNA, is one of the world's largest and most productive genome sequencing centers. A U.S. Department of Energy facility managed by the University of California, the Joint Genome Institute is also contributing to the sequencing of infectious bacteria. Scientist Susan Lucas oversees the production sequencing of seventeen different pathogens.
Lucas: The need has been accelerated since September 11th to be able to detect these signatures of pathogens sooner to be able to develop treatments. So after we sequence the infectious bacteria, the sequence will be made available to scientists, as well as to scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory where scientists will begin to develop detection instruments to be able to recognize certain signatures from these genetic blueprints.
Narrator: Lucas says since there are no actual pathogens on site, scientists are working with the fragmentary DNA of infectious bacteria. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.