National Research and Development Strategy for Microbial Forensics   [open pdf - 143KB]

From the Document: "The purpose of the National Strategy to Support Microbial Forensic Research is to guide and focus the research efforts of the US Government to advance the discipline of microbial forensics and provide the nation with the most scientifically sound and statistically defensible capability to provide scientific data to support attribution investigations of a potential or actual biological attack. The Strategy has three primary goals: I. Develop a strategic microbial forensics research agenda that will produce a national microbial forensic capability that is ultimately capable of high confidence, robust detection, characterization and comparison of biological agents in forensic samples. II. Promote interagency communication, coordination and information sharing on microbial forensics research and development efforts. III. Develop effective interagency education and training on microbial forensics designed to inform policymakers and scientific and technical personnel. This Strategy shall form the framework of an interagency implementation plan that will begin to address research and interagency communications issues that are required for an enduring national capability in microbial forensics."

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