Microbial Forensics. Edition No. 3

  • ID: 4753566
  • Book
  • 775 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Microbial Forensics, Third Edition is a rapidly evolving scientific discipline. In the last two decades, and particularly due to the anthrax letter attacks in the United States microbial forensics has become more formalized and has played an increasingly greater role in crime investigations. This has brought renewed interest, development and application of new technologies, and new rules of forensic and policy engagement. It has many applications ranging from biodefense, criminal investigations, providing intelligence information, making society more secure, and helping protect precious resources, particularly human life. A combination of diverse areas are discussed, including the major disciplines of biology, microbiology, medicine, chemistry, physics, statistics, population genetics, and computer science.Microbial Forensics, Third Edition is fully revised and updated and serves as a complete reference of the discipline. It describes the advances, as well as the challenges and opportunities ahead, and will be integral in applying science to help solve future biocrimes. New chapters will include: Microbial Source Tracking, Clinical Recognition, Bioinformatics, and Quality Assurance.

This book is intended for a wide audience, but will be indispensable to forensic scientists and researchers interested in contributing to the growing field of microbial forensics. Biologists and microbiologists, the legal and judicial system, and the international community involved with Biological Weapons Treaties will also find this volume invaluable. In addition, the book will be an asset as an educational tool or as a resource for policy makers and other stakeholders.
  • Presents new and expanded content that includes a statistical analysis of forensic data, legal admissibility and standards of evidence
  • Discusses actual cases of forensic bioterrorism
  • Includes contributions from editors and authors who are leading experts in the field, with primary experience in the application of this fast-growing discipline
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1. The Kameido Anthrax Incident
2. Microbial Forensic Investigation of the Anthrax Letter Attacks
3. Food-Bourne Outbreaks
4. Genotype and Geography
5. Microbial Forensics of RNA Viruses
6. Forensic Plant Pathology
7. Microbial Source Tracking
8. Influenza Forensics
9. Keeping Track of Viruses
10. Microbial Forensic Analysis of Trace and Unculturable Specimens
11. Assessment of the Threat
12. Select Agent Regulations
13. Biosurety in the Post-9/11 Era
14. Forensic Public Health
15. Forensic Analysis in Bacterial Pathogens
16. Forensics and Epidemiology of Fungal Pathogens
17. Ricin Forensics
18. Clinical Recognition
19. Forensic Aspects of Biologic Toxins
20. Use of Host Factors in Microbial Forensics
21. Collection and Preservation of Microbial Forensic Samples
22. Sampling for Microbial Forensic Investigations
23. Toxin Analysis Using Mass Spectrometry
24. Proteomics Development and Application for Bioforensics
25. High-Throughput Sequencing
26. Bioinformatics
27. Genomics
28. Design of Genomic Signatures for Pathogen Identification and Characterization
29. Non-biological Measurements on Biological Agents
30. Inferential Validation and Evidence Interpretation
31. Microbial Forensic Investigations in the Context of Bacterial Population Genetics
32. Biorepositories and Their Foundations
33. Research Strategy for Microbial Forensics
34. The National Bioforensic Analysis Center
35. Quality Assurance
36. Validation of Microbial Forensics in Scientific, Legal, and Policy Contexts
37. Specific Court Cases
38. Admitting Evidence into Court
39. Academic Programs in Microbial Forensics
40. Microbial Forensics: What Next?
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Budowle, Bruce
Dr. Budowle has a lengthy CV and career. Some of his efforts over the last 15 years also are in counter terrorism, including identification of victims from mass disasters and in efforts involving microbial forensics and bioterrorism. Dr. Budowle was an advisor to New York State in the effort to identify the victims from the WTC attack. In the area of microbial forensics, Dr. Budowle has been the chair of the Scientific Working Group on Microbial Genetics and Forensics, whose mission was to set QA guidelines, develop criteria for biologic and user databases, set criteria for a National Repository, and develop forensic genomic applications. He also has served on the Steering Committee for the Colloquium on Microbial Forensics sponsored by American Society of Microbiology, an organizer of four Microbial Forensics Meetings held at The Banbury Center in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and on steering committees for NAS sponsored meetings. Dr. Budowle has published approximately 600 articles, made more than 720 presentations (many of which were as an invited speaker at national and international meetings), and testified in well over 250 criminal cases in the areas of molecular biology, population genetics, statistics, quality assurance, and forensic biology. In addition, he has authored or co-authored books on molecular biology techniques, electrophoresis, protein detection, and microbial forensics.
Schutzer, Steven E.
Steven Schutzer, MD is a physician-scientist who trained and was on the faculty at Cornell University Medical College, New York Hospital, and Rockefeller University, before joining New Jersey Medical School. His research has focused on the interface of the immune system and microbes. Particular areas of research interest are Lyme and Tick diseases, neuroimmunology, and immunology. Dr. Schutzer is board certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Clinical Laboratory Immunology. Dr. Schutzer's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations.
Morse, Stephen A.
Dr. Morse attended graduate school at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his M.S.P.H. ('66) in environmental chemistry and biology and a Ph.D. ('69) in microbiology. In 1984, he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Director of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Research Program, National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID); and in 1996, became the Associate Director for Science of the newly created Division of AIDS, STDs and Tuberculosis Laboratory Research. From 1999 - 2007, he served as the Associate Director for Science, Division of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response where he worked on national and international bioterrorism-related issues. In 2008, he became the Associate Director for Environmental Microbiology, CDC. He has published 325 peer reviewed articles, books and chapters.
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