Another New National Strategy–Microbial Forensics

Hoping all have read all the strategies and understand how they relate. Here is one I just found out about from Footnote 70 page 22 of Senater Report No. 111-377 issued December 17, 2010 to support S. 1649 which did pass the US Senate but did not become law. URL posted for full report on earlier blog post.




Since the Committee’s consideration of this legislation the Administration has developed theU.S. National Research and Development Strategy for Microbial Forensics (November 2009).

The strategy appears to largely meet the objectives of this legislation and includes common elements

including: coordination of Federal microbial forensics research and practices, development

of new diagnostic capabilities, and creation of a reference national bioforensics repository collection.

It lacks an important detail, however, in that it does not clearly specify the roles and responsibilities

of the different Federal agencies, which could lead to bureaucratic battles over

leadership or to capability gaps for which no agency claims responsibility. http://




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