This book grew out of a meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory attended by some 40 scientists who were enthusiastic about sharing their experiences and ideas and anxious to see the new discipline of microbial forensics described in a foundational reference text. But any editor who has ever awoken the morning after such group excitement knows that euphoria soon fades, to be replaced by hard realities and the relentless demands of other commitments. In this case, the work could be shared equally among three editors who brought different talents to the whole enterprise. However, two of us, Roger Breeze and Bruce Budowle, would like to take this opportunity to recognize the insight, tireless enthusiasm, optimism, discipline and leadership of Steve Schutzer, without whom this volume would never have seen the light of day. Steve was instrumental in putting the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory-Banbury Center meetings together, stimulating discussions during the formal meetings and evening sessions, keeping manuscripts on track, and ensuring the other editors met their obligations.

Two people played vital roles in establishing microbial forensics as a discipline through vision, leadership, advocacy and pioneering accomplishments from the early years: Janet Dorigan of the Office of Research and Development, Central Intelligence Agency, and Randall Murch of the Laboratory Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On behalf of all the authors in this volume, we would like to recognize their contributions and express our appreciation. We extend the same sentiments and recognition to others at the same agencies who have contributed substantially to the foundations of microbial forensics but remain anonymous.

We also thank the contributors to this book, those who provided intellectual input at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Banbury Conference meetings over the years, and the many others whose efforts have contributed to the foundation of microbial forensics. Government agencies whose support has been invaluable include: the Department of Defense, the Intelligence community, the Department of Justice and National Institute of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. The National Academy of Sciences has contributed to this field and should be commended.

Bruce Budowle, on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would like to thank the members of the Scientific Working Group on Microbial Genetics and Forensics for their contributions and continued efforts. He also would like to acknowledge the efforts of his colleagues at the Chem-Bio Sciences Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the encouragement of his close friends Arthur J. Eisenberg, Leonard Klevan, Jose A. Lorente, Randy Murch, Antti Sajantila, and Rock Harmon.

Roger Breeze would like to acknowledge Hugh Pirie, Norman Whittle, David C. Taylor, Mick Taylor, Leo Bustad, and Robert Wilson without whose support and encouragement he would not have come to this day.

Steven Schutzer would like to thank friends, family, and colleagues. He particularly would like to thank Bruce Budowle and Roger Breeze for their vision and the privilege of working with them. Special thanks to Jan Witkowski and Jim Watson for providing the unique environment that helps launch new endeavors.

Steven E. Schutzer Roger G. Breeze Bruce Budowle

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