Microbial Forensics

1st Edition

Editors: Bruce Budowle Steven Schutzer Roger Breeze
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884834
eBook ISBN: 9780080454887
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th May 2005
Page Count: 448
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Description

Microbial Forensics describes the new and growing field of Microbial Forensics- the science that will help bring to justice criminals and terrorists who use biological material to cause harm. This book describes the foundation of the field of microbial forensics and will serve as a basic primer to initiate those scientists and officials that have an interest in the topic. It covers a variety of areas from forensic science, to microbiology, to epidemiology, to bioinformatics, and to legal issues.

Key Features

  • Provides the real science beyond that displayed on TV and in the movies
  • Covers not only microbes but also the biology, chemistry, physics & computer science that is used for identification.
  • Of relevance Internationally to military, intelligence, law enforcement, agricultural, legal and environmental fields

Readership

Microbiologists, forensic scientists, virologists, government laboratories,pharmaceutical companies and public health specialists

Table of Contents

  • CONTRIBUTORS
  • FOREWORD
  • PREFACE
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • Chapter 1: Microbial Forensics

    • Publisher Summary
    • INTRODUCTION
    • THE THREAT
    • HISTORY
    • FORENSIC SCIENCE
    • DEFINING THE MICROBIAL FORENSICS PROGRAM
    • CARRYING OUT A SUCCESSFUL MICROBIAL FORENSICS PROGRAM
    • SWGMGF
    • EPIDEMIOLOGY (A FIRST STEP IN A MICROBIAL FORENSIC ANALYSIS)
    • MICROBIAL FORENSIC TOOLS
    • BIOINFORMATICS AND GENETICS
    • FORENSIC CASE EXAMPLES
    • EDUCATION
    • CONCLUSION
    • ACKNOWLEDGMENT
  • Chapter 2: Infectious Diseases: Not Just a Health Matter Anymore

    • Publisher Summary
    • INTRODUCTION
    • INFECTIOUS DISEASE: THE CLASSIC HEALTH VIEWPOINT
    • INFECTIOUS DISEASE: THE OFFENSIVE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS VIEWPOINT
    • INFECTIOUS DISEASE: NEW PLAYERS AND NEW THREATS
    • INFECTIOUS DISEASE: WHAT ARE THE THREATS?
    • INFECTIOUS DISEASE: BIOSAFETY AND BIOSECURITY
  • Chapter 3: The Fundamentals of Human Virology

    • Publisher Summary
    • INTRODUCTION
    • AN OVERVIEW OF THE DNA VIRUSES
    • AN OVERVIEW OF THE RNA VIRUSES
    • POSITIVE-SENSE RNA VIRUSES
    • NEGATIVE-SENSE SINGLE-STRANDED RNA VIRUSES
    • SEGMENTED RNA VIRUSES AND THE RETROVIRIDAE
    • THE APPLICATION OF MOLECULAR FORENSICS AND EPIDEMIOLOGY TO VIRAL INFECTIONS
  • Chapter 4: Keeping Track of Viruses

    • Publisher Summary
    • INTRODUCTION
    • WHAT IS A VIRUS? BASIC VIROLOGY
    • VIRUS LIFECYCLE
    • VIRUS CLASSIFICATION
    • GENERATION OF VIRAL DIVERSITY
    • INTRODUCTION TO VIRAL KINETICS AND OUTCOME
    • HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY A VIRUS?
    • EXAMPLES OF NATURALLY EMERGING VIRUSES
    • SARS
    • VIRAL FORENSICS
    • ENGINEERING NOVEL VIRUSES
    • DETERMINING THE SOURCE OF AN ENGINEERED VIRUS
    • CONCLUSION
    • ACKNOWLEDGM

Details

No. of pages:
448
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2005
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080454887
Hardcover ISBN:
9780120884834

About the Editor

Bruce Budowle

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Investigative Genetics, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX

Steven Schutzer

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

Roger Breeze

Affiliations and Expertise

Centaur Science Group, Washington, DC

Reviews

"The editors have gathered an impressive array of experts and present 18 chapters that give the reader both an overview of microbial forensics and fairly intricate details regarding different aspects of the field. ...contains a good amount of interesting information regarding the application of forensic science to biological crimes and bioterrorist events." - CLINICAL INFECTIONS DISEASES (January 2005)