Researchers studying severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can now
receive free "SARS chips," which are stamp-sized slides containing all 29 700
base pairs of DNA from the coronavirus that was responsible for some 8400
cases of SARS since last November.
The chips will speed identification of deadly strains and help identify
weak spots in the defenses of the virus, said Anthony Fauci, MD, director
of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Some
800 people have died from SARS, and no vaccine or specific treatment is currently
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