Navigation Links
New test could help track down and prosecute terrorists
Date:3/14/2012

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2012 The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) award-winning "Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions" podcast series describes the development of a new test that could help track down and prosecute terrorists.

Amid concerns about the threat of terrorist attacks, scientists have been seeking better protection for the U.S. and other nations. One such team has developed a technique that could help authorities catch terrorists and put them out of business. A report on the development appeared in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry, and became the topic of the new podcast.

Nerve agents like sarin, or GB, are some of the most dangerous terrorist threats. Although traces of these substances would remain after an attack, there has been no practical way of tracing the remains backward in time to the company from which they were purchased or possibly to the terrorists who bought them.

In the podcast, Carlos Fraga, Ph.D., of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash., explains that his team has developed a first-of-its-kind technology that could help law enforcement officials trace the residues from terrorist attacks involving nerve gas and other chemical agents back to the companies or other sources from which the perpetrators obtained ingredients for the agent.

The researchers used a method called "impurity profiling" that identifies impurities in a GB sample at a crime scene and matches them like a fingerprint to the impurities in the source chemicals, pinpointing the likely source. They found that up to 88 percent of the impurities in source chemicals used to make GB can wind up in the finished product, and these impurities are unique, like a fingerprint.

So exactly how would these "fingerprints" help the FBI, police and other federal law enforcement officials? Using standard laboratory instruments, the scientists did impurity profiling and correctly identified the starting materials used for two different batches of GB. This may one day become a basis for using impurity profiling to help find and prosecute perpetrators of chemical attacks, says Fraga.

The new podcast is available without charge at iTunes and from www.acs.org/globalchallenges.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Heart-powered pacemaker could one day eliminate battery-replacement surgery
2. Depression could be evolutionary byproduct of immune system
3. Universal vaccines could finally allow for wide-scale flu prevention
4. New project could herald cheaper and more efficient biotechnology
5. Peat fires could accelerate climate change
6. As climate change increases forest fires, smoke forecasting could help protect public health
7. Switching antiepileptic drugs could increase risk of seizures
8. Deepwater Horizon disaster could have billion dollar impact
9. Marine protected areas: changing climate could require change of plans
10. Researchers warn nanoparticles in food, vitamins could harm human health
11. Genetic studies of special mice could lead to rapid human health advances
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/16/2016)... 2016   EyeLock LLC , a market leader ... of an IoT Center of Excellence in ... development of embedded iris biometric applications. EyeLock,s ... and security with unmatched biometric accuracy, making it the ... DNA. EyeLock,s platform uses video technology to deliver a ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... BANGALORE, India , April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... product subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY ), and ... global partnership that will provide end customers with ... banking and payment services.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 ... area for financial services, but it also plays a fundamental ...
(Date:4/19/2016)... 2016 The new GEZE SecuLogic ... web-based "all-in-one" system solution for all door components. It ... the door interface with integration authorization management system, and ... The minimal dimensions of the access control and the ... installations offer considerable freedom of design with regard to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Founder of the ... in surgery and surgery of the hand by the National Board of Physicians ... going above and beyond in his pursuit of providing the most comprehensive, effective ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Biohaven Pharmaceutical ... (FDA) has granted the company’s orphan drug designation request covering BHV-4157 for the ... granted by the FDA. , Spinocerebellar ataxia is a rare, debilitating neurodegenerative ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The need for blood donations in South Texas and across the nation is ... & Tissue Center, blood donations are on the decline. In fact, donations across the country ... percent in South Texas in the last four years alone. , There is no substitute ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2016 , ... ... and building management solutions and services based in Aurora, Ohio, has broken ground ... established business in the Research Triangle Park area, this new location solidifies a ...
Breaking Biology Technology: