“Technologies to Enable Autonomous Detection for BioWatch: Ensuring Timely and Accurate Information for Public Health Officials” ed. by India Hook-Barnard, Sheena M. Posey Norris, Joe Alper
Board on Health Sciences Policy; Board on Life Sciences; Institute of Medicine; National Research Council 
NAS Press | 2013 | ISBN: 0309292511 9780309292511 | 268 pages | PDF | 9 MB


This book explores how the technologies discussed might be strategically combined or deployed to optimize their contributions to an effective environmental detection capability. 

This issue is the summary of a workshop hosted jointly by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council in June 2013 to explore alternative cost-effective systems that would meet the requirements for a BioWatch Generation 3.0 autonomous detection system, or autonomous detector, for aerosolized agents. 
The workshop discussions and presentations focused on examination of the use of four classes of technologies–nucleic acid signatures, protein signatures, genomic sequencing, and mass spectrometry–that could reach Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6-plus in which the technology has been validated and is ready to be tested in a relevant environment over three different tiers of temporal timeframes


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