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Accession Number ADA576459
Title Phase 1 Testing of Bioflash Technology for White Powder Identification.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 28p
Personal Author L. Wallace T. Sickler V. K. Rastogi W. Gardner
Abstract Phase I proof-of-concept testing of a mock-up of the cellular analysis and notification of antigen risks and yields (CANARY) bioagent- identification system was conducted at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. This testing was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in support of the TechSolutions Program, which seeks to rapidly address technology gaps identified by First Responders. The mock-up was based on the CANARY technology developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. The two main objectives of this testing were (1) to determine the limit of detection for the test bed system for powdered spores of Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus subtilis, and (2) to determine if common nonhazardous white powders trigger a false positive response or subsequently interfere with the ability of the system to detect real agents. The findings are summarized as follows: (1) the powder collection apparatus was used to successfully collect the powdered samples into the testing discs; (2) low levels of known agent were consistently detected with the system; and (3) some of the nonhazardous white powders yielded unexpected results because the white powders interfered with the detection system.
Keywords Bacillus anthracis
Bacillus subtilis
Bioagent detection
Bioagent identification
Biological agents
Biological detection
First responders
Spore detection
White powder identification

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74D - Chemical, Biological, & Radiological Warfare
63F - Optical Detection
Corporate Author Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Research and Technology Directorate.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. Aug 2009-Aug 2010.
NTIS Issue Number 1320
Contract Number N/A

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