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Anthrax is the disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which lives in soil. The bacterial cell lives as a hardy spore to survive harsh conditions. The spores germinate into thriving colonies of bacteria once inside an animal or person. Anthrax usually affects livestock far more than humans, but—as we know from the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States—anthrax is feared as a modern biological weapon.

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Understanding Anthrax

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Cause

 

Treatment

 

Prevention

 

External Resources

 

Research

Overview

 

Natural History of Anthrax

 

Toxin Biology

 

Anthrax Bacterium Genome

 

Spore Biology

 

Host Immunity

 

Vaccines

 

Diagnostics

 

Therapies

Last Updated September 30, 2013

Last Reviewed August 04, 2010