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Specific biological agent taggants
Author(s): Johnathan L. Kiel D.V.M.; Eric A. Holwitt; Jill E. Parker; Jeeva Vivekananda; Veronica Franz; Mark A. Sloan; Andrzej W. Miziolek; Frank C. DeLucia Jr.; Chase A. Munson; Yvette D. Mattley
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Paper Abstract

The preliminary data presented here suggests that direct coating of biological agent with DNA capture elements and organic semiconductor (DALM) with chelated rare earths such as scandium, europium or neodymium can be used to track the agent, even when the biological components have been subsequently destroyed. The use of these three taggant components in conjunction with each other affords the opportunity to determine the presence of the biological agent by several methods---laser induced plasma spectroscopy, thermochemiluminescence, mass spectroscopy, polymerase chain reaction (PCR; if the primers are left on the DCEs or the agent's own DNA is used as the source of the amplicon). The specific DCE-labeling or PCR allows for confirmation of physical measurement results as specific to the agent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5795, Chemical and Biological Sensing VI, (12 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.597640
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Johnathan L. Kiel D.V.M., Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Eric A. Holwitt, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jill E. Parker, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jeeva Vivekananda, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Veronica Franz, Conceptual Mindworks, Inc. (United States)
Mark A. Sloan, Conceptual Mindworks, Inc. (United States)
Andrzej W. Miziolek, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Frank C. DeLucia Jr., Army Research Lab. (United States)
Chase A. Munson, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Yvette D. Mattley, Ocean Optics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5795:
Chemical and Biological Sensing VI
Patrick J. Gardner, Editor(s)

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