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FDA anthrax tests confirmed negative

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Results of confirmatory testing at all FDA buildings were negative for anthrax, the agency announces Nov. 5. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is "certain" samples initially found to be "presumptive positive" for anthrax bacteria are negative, FDA says. Agency originally revealed "preliminarily positive" anthrax findings in four agency mailrooms in Rockville, Md., as well as the CFSAN headquarters in Washington, D.C., which houses the Office of Cosmetics & Colors (1"The Rose Sheet" Nov. 5, p. 13). CDC bases confirmation for anthrax on three tests - polymerase chain reaction, gamma-phage assay and direct fluorescent antibody...
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