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J Microbiol Methods 2010 Jul;82(1):1-10

Detection technologies for Bacillus anthracis: prospects and challenges.

Rao SS, Mohan KV, Atreya CD


Bacillus anthracis is a Gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium representing the etiological agent of acute infectious disease anthrax, a lethal but rare disease of animals and humans in nature. With recent use of anthrax as a bioweapon, a number of techniques have been recently developed and evaluated to facilitate its rapid detection of B. anthracis in the environment as well as in point-of-care settings for humans suspected of exposure to the pathogen. Complex laboratory methods for B. anthracis identification are required since B. anthracis has similarities with other Bacillus species and its existence in both spore and vegetative forms. This review discusses current challenges and various improvements associated with anthrax agent detection.

Category: Journal Article, Review
PubMed ID: #20399814 DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2010.04.005
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2011-10-04 Entry Last Modified: 2012-08-29