Navigation Links
Microbial forensics: The next great forensic challenge

Deliberately spreading disease among the enemy has been occasionally practiced over hundreds of years. But modern bioterrorism is more chilling than ever because of rapidly expanding knowledge about infectious diseases and biotoxins and their potential to wreak havoc in complex, interdependent societies. The nation is in the process of developing a strong microbial forensic program to attribute and prosecute such attacks, and perhaps deter them.

The opportunities and challenges facing the new field of microbial forensics will be presented at the 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society on March 13-17 in San Diego.

"It is imperative to establish robust microbial forensic capabilities, with the power of the methods, results, and interpretations well understood and defensible," said Randall S. Murch, associate director for research program development at Virginia Tech, formerly deputy director of the FBI's Laboratory and Investigative Technology Divisions and a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analysis. Murch created the FBI's weapons of mass destruction forensic unit in 1996 and has been a leader in this area of our national response since then.

"An effective program requires relevant, exploitative, fully validated methods and uses in all aspects of the forensic investigative process," Murch said. "This ranges from sample collection to interpretation of results, while achieving full integration into investigation, prosecution, intelligence, and decision making. Since the results of a microbial forensics investigation could be used for either criminal prosecutions or those at the national level, we must be sure that the methods and results will be admissible in court, and must be accepted by senior government decision makers."

Murch and other scientists point to many challenges posed by bioterrorism, including that numerous pathogens exist in nature and do not necessarily require sophisticated expertise or
'"/>

Source:American Chemical Society


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Microbial fuel cell: High yield hydrogen source and wastewater cleaner
2. Low oxygen likely made Great Dying worse, greatly delayed recovery
3. Survival of heart patients on beta-blockers varies greatly with genetic variation
4. Gadonanotubes greatly outperform existing MRI contrast agents
5. Greasing interferons gears may pave way to greater therapeutic benefits, fewer side effects
6. Forsyth scientists gain greater understanding of how embryos differentiate left from right
7. Deep-rooted plants have much greater impact on climate than experts thought
8. The diversity of marine life in the Gulf of Maine region is much greater than previously thought
9. The higher the hierarchy, the greater the aggression
10. Higher levels of obesity associated with greater health risks
11. Tastes great! Study shows brains response to pleasing -- and changing -- tastes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Microbial forensics The next great forensic challenge

(Date:8/19/2014)... from fish purchased at retail seafood counters in ... mislabeling can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels ... "substitutions"which falsely present a fish of the same ... most dangerous mislabeling offense, according to new research ... "Accurate labeling of seafood is essential to allow ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... Two Northwestern University scientists have identified a biomarker ... aggressive carcinoma that is resistant to many types ... provides a smart target for new therapeutics designed ... breast cancer patient data taken from The Cancer ... Robert W. Tell used powerful computational and bioinformatics ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... -- Scientists at the Houston Methodist Research Institute have ... cells using a pipette -- a common laboratory tool ... and preliminary test results in a recent issue of ... , "Studying single cells and their unique functions has ... department. faculty member Lidong Qin, Ph.D., the project,s principal ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury 2Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury 3Biomarker in an aggressive breast cancer is identified 2Biomarker in an aggressive breast cancer is identified 3Moving single cells around -- accurately and cheaply 2
... urban areas face more predators than do those in rural ... nest robbers. A six-year study conducted in 19 central ... rural areas that had higher numbers of nest predators such ... of nest survival. But there was no relation between ...
... Across the globe, the diversity of plant and animal species ... Equator but surprisingly that rule isn,t true for soil bacteria, ... Paul Grogan. "It appears that the rules determining the ... rules for bacteria," says Professor Grogan. The finding is ...
... the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council ... the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill will hold ... head of safety and operations for BP, and other ... Also on the agenda are Thomas Roth, vice ...
Cached Biology News:More predators doesn't equal more danger for urban bird nest 2
(Date:8/20/2014)... (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 ... released today including improvements to the enterprise replication ... connectors for Lucene, SOLR and Elasticsearch. This release ... this high performance triplestore – GraphDB™ was formerly ... in deploying the only mature enterprise resilient RDF ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... August 19, 2014 Shimadzu Scientific ... systems, Prominence-i and Nexera-i, adding to the company’s ... excellent functionality, an intuitive operating environment, and full ... more efficient workflow for conventional to ultra-high-speed analysis. ... intuitive and intelligent design so users can begin ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... , Aug. 19, 2014 A Geisinger researcher ... nominated for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... major public health concern. Joseph Boscarino ... one of a team of researchers nominated for the ... Shepard Science Award for Data Methods and Study Design. ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... Aug. 19, 2014 Research and Markets  has ... (SOFCs) - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their ... for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) in US$ Thousands. The ... Canada , Europe , ... forecasts are provided for the period 2012 through 2020. Market ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 2Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 3Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 4Shimadzu’s New i-Series Integrated Liquid Chromatography Systems Provide Laboratories Wider Range of Analytical Capabilities 2Shimadzu’s New i-Series Integrated Liquid Chromatography Systems Provide Laboratories Wider Range of Analytical Capabilities 3Geisinger investigator nominated for federal award 2Geisinger investigator nominated for federal award 3Global Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) - Strategic Business Report 2014 2
... Merge eMed updates eFilm Workstation , Milwaukee, Wis. ... Merge Healthcare company and a leading medical imaging software ... Workstation 2.1 and its plug-in Advanced Visualization and Clinical ... widely used desktop diagnostic imaging software includes customer-driven updates ...
... Norlight Telecommunications has adopted an unconventional ... number of technical jobs. The Wisconsin-based provider of customized ... an external referral bonus program to reward anyone who ... vacancies. , ,Norlight's is encouraging others to refer ...
... Wis. A new report suggests Wisconsin is slowly ... as judged by indicators such as producing patents, investing in ... question: Why are we improving? , ,There is no ... provided were not swamped in a sea of global ...
Cached Biology Technology:Heres why Wisconsins tech economy indicators are up 2Heres why Wisconsins tech economy indicators are up 3
sterile filtered, off the clot, all male donors, Total Protein: 4.5 to 8.5 g/dl...
Recombinant Mouse MMP-9, CF...
Human/Mouse/Rat JNK Pan Specific Affinity Purified PAb...
Blue Standard is 3-cyano-7-hydroxycoumarin....
Biology Products: