Building Microbial Forensics as a Response to Bioterrorism

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Science  26 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5641, pp. 1852-1853
DOI: 10.1126/science.1090083

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Combating bioterrorism is a challenge to all of us. To be proactive, the U.S. Government has formalized the discipline of "microbial forensics" to deter and attribute perpetrators of such acts. This Policy Forum describes the foundations of the microbial forensics program: the creation of a national bioforensics laboratory, a partnership laboratory network, and a peer-consensus scientific working group and the promulgation of quality assurance guidelines.