Principles

Biological samples that are implicated in or collected as part of an investigation of bioterrorism should be handled and analyzed by carefully laid-out operational strategies that conform to a quality standard.3-5 This often requires

Microbial Forensics

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Specimen Receipt

In-Processing Chain-of-Custody

Preliminary Assessment

Credible Threat?

Test Plan

Physical characterization Gram stain Phase microscopy Delivery device Intelligence Medical intelligence Clinical diagnosis

Physical characterization Gram stain Phase microscopy Delivery device Intelligence Medical intelligence Clinical diagnosis

Culture

Immunoassays

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