"The FBIâs investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks focused heavily on genetic evidence that strongly links the attack anthrax to a liquid suspension of Ames-strain Bacillus anthracis spores in a flask known as RMR 1029, found at USAMRIID (the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases). Prior to the attacks, spores from this flask â believed to be the parental source of the anthrax in the letters â had been sent to a number of other laboratories. Collection and analysis of an FBI repository of samples from all laboratories known to possess the Ames strain indicated that several laboratories had Bacillus anthracis that was identical or nearly identical to that in RMR 1029. In addition to the genetic composition of the attack anthrax, the elemental compositions of the spore powders provide equally important clues: the presence of tin, a toxic material that must have been added subsequent to growth, It is remarkable that there is no evidence that the FBI tried to determine the chemical forms of the tin and silicon in the attack powders, although that could have been (and still could be) done straightforwardly by spectroscopic methods. (Evidence for the Source of the 2001 Attack Anthrax Hugh-Jones ME, et al.)
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