Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Developing Initial International Research Priorities
Committee on Science Needs for Microbial Forensics
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One of the fundamental components of any investigation of a suspected accidental release of a dangerous pathogen or the alleged hostile use of biological agents, whether by states or nonstate actors, will be scientific analysis to support efforts for attribution. Science will not offer definitive solutions in such scenarios, but it often plays a special role in supporting other aspects of an investigation. The United States and a number of other governments and international and regional organizations are actively working to identify and support the research that is needed to build those capabilities, which are known generally as "microbial forensics."
Published by the Committee on Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Developing an Initial International Roadmap Board on Life Sciences Division on Earth and Life Studies National Research Council in cooperation with The Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, The U.K. Royal Society and The International Union of Microbiological Societies.
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