On May 15, 2012, JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) will publish two articles in partnership with the United States government's Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). JoVE is proud to present the work from Temple University's Dr. Chris Schafmeister and State University of New York Buffalo's Dr. David Pawlowski and Dr. Richard Karalus.
The support of scientists conducting research for DTRA has significant ramifications for identifying, treating, and preventing the outbreak of defense threats. DTRA exists to safeguard America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear weapons and high-yield explosives (CBRNE), by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat and mitigate its effects. Because the techniques and technologies developed in DTRA sponsored laboratories promise a safer world and will benefit from distribution in a highly visual format, DTRA has sponsored the research and publication of their scientists in JoVE.
From Temple University, award winning scientist Dr. Chris Schafmeister, working with Conrad Pfeiffer, developed a biochemical technique that produces new, complex polymers called bis-peptides. Dr. Schafmeister tells us, "The building blocks and the final molecule are special. Our molecules bind with two bonds to each molecule, unlike the typical single bond, making a stiff, ladder-like construct." Dr. Schafmeister won the "Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award" from the Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology conference for his work. Dr. Schafmeister, choosing to publish his research in JoVE, notes, "This procedure demonstrates cutting edge capabilities that don't exist anywhere else. Hopefully, they will lead to products in the next decade far beyond anything we can produce right now."
In the second DTRA sponsored JoVE article, Dr. David Pawlowski and his col
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