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Biologically based detection systems: the time has come for use in contraband detection
Author(s): Elaine M. Bower
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Paper Abstract

Biologically-based systems are ideal candidates for contraband and explosives detection systems. Antibodies, in particular, due to their high sensitivity and high specificity, and inherent ability to be manipulated to exploit desired characteristics are ideally suited to be a 'detector'. Recent advances in their manufacture make antibodies inexpensive, with repeatable and reliable characteristics. The key element to their success as detectors for contraband and explosives is their immobilization onto substrates which facilitates their use in field applications and maximizes their 'detector' capabilities. This paper will discuss several emerging antibody and biologically-based detection systems and their potential for use in detecting contraband and explosives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2937, Chemistry- and Biology-Based Technologies for Contraband Detection, (17 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266771
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Elaine M. Bower, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2937:
Chemistry- and Biology-Based Technologies for Contraband Detection
Pierre Pilon; Steve Burmeister, Editor(s)

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