Infectious Disease

Chemical and Physical Signatures for Microbial Forensics

Editors: Cliff, J.B., Kreuzer, H.W., Ehrhardt, C.J., Wunschel, D.S. (Eds.)

  • Presents the existing state of research for a variety of different phenotypic and trace signature systems associated with cultured microorganisms
  • Interdisciplinary in scope
  • Educates about the forensic potential of various chemical and physical signatures
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Combining the disciplines of biological, physical and chemical science, microbial forensics has a rapidly rising profile in a world increasingly troubled by the threat of ‘biocrime’ and ‘bioterrorism’. This valuable resource is a major addition to a body of literature reckoned to lack sufficient breadth. It presents a variety of phenotypic and trace signature methodologies associated with cultured microorganisms that, despite being genetically identical, may be characterized by differing cultural environments.

 

One of the central challenges faced by those working in this field is the sheer diversity of potentially harmful agents, which in themselves total more than 1000 viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoan parasites. Their numerous additional variants render the process of ‘fingerprinting’ biological agents notoriously difficult, especially when the limitations of genetic analysis are factored in. Attribution of crime is relatively easy through human DNA, but lacking the genetic individuation of humans and animals, microbial forensics has to complement phylogenetic techniques with chemical and physical ones.

 

In the best case, genetic analysis in the ‘biocrime’ sector can exclude sources, narrow the population of possible sources and support associations with potential sources. To complement these genetic techniques, chemical and physical methods can be used to compare ‘signatures’ imparted to microbial samples by environments in which they are grown and processed. Collating a range of microbiological fingerprinting techniques in one volume, and covering everything from statistical analysis to laboratory protocols, this publication furthers the aim of forensic investigators who need robust and legally admissible forensic evidence to present in a courtroom.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Statistical Foundations and Data Integration for Microbial Forensics

    Jarman, Kristin H.

    Pages 1-12

  • The Microbe: The Basics of Structure, Morphology, and Physiology as They Relate to Microbial Characterization and Attribution

    Jackman, Joany

    Pages 13-34

  • Fatty Acids and Lipids

    Robertson, James M. (et al.)

    Pages 35-52

  • Carbohydrate Markers of Organism Purity and Growth Environment

    Wunschel, David S. (et al.)

    Pages 53-60

  • Glycoprotein and Protein Markers for Strain Differentiation and Growth Environment or Media Attribution

    Wunschel, David S. (et al.)

    Pages 61-70

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eBook $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-60327-219-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-60327-217-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chemical and Physical Signatures for Microbial Forensics
Editors
  • John B. Cliff
  • Helen W. Kreuzer
  • Christopher J. Ehrhardt
  • David S. Wunschel
Series Title
Infectious Disease
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Humana Press
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-60327-219-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-60327-219-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-60327-217-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 138
Topics