A 21st Century Challenge to Spectroscopists

Alvin Fox

The threat of bioterrorism has driven demand for techniques that can detect organisms used in an attack quickly and without the need for prior culture. However, no current technology can rapidly distinguish characteristic microbial components released during a terrorist incident from those in other organisms. Innovations in spectroscopy could provide the necessary tools.

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A 21st Century Challenge to Spectroscopists

Alvin Fox

The threat of bioterrorism has driven demand for techniques that can detect organisms used in an attack quickly and without the need for prior culture. However, no current technology can rapidly distinguish characteristic microbial components released during a terrorist incident from those in other organisms. Innovations in spectroscopy could provide the necessary tools.

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Publish Date: 01 May 2005


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