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Combatting Future Biological Threats

Published by the White House, this key strategy document, “American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities,” outlines critical action needed to transform the United States’ “capabilities to respond rapidly and effectively to any future pandemic of high consequence biological threat.” The preparedness and response plan identifies the following five pillars as key areas requiring urgent attention in the effort to protect the country against future biological threats: Transforming our medical defenses, including dramatically improving and expanding our arsenal of vaccines, therapeutics…

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New Forensics Publications Available

Recently, several programs related to forensic science moved from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). New publications and fact sheets for a number of forensics programs are now available, including “DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program”; “Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program”; and “Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence.” BJA’s forensics-related programs enable communities to develop efficient, accurate, reliable, and cost-effective methods for the identification, analysis and interpretation of physical evidence…