FDA develops test to detect fake bioterror agents

08/4/2006 | United Press International

The FDA has developed a low-cost test based on mass spectrometry to identify the molecular structure and chemical properties of harmful substances from a sample of the substance, which could then be matched to pathogens available in a database. The test, which takes 24 hours, will allow scientists to distinguish quickly between real and hoax bioterror substances, including bacteria.

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