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* Anonymous states … This DARPA budget document shows that DoD was experimenting with microencapsulated pathogens in 2000-2001 … Bruce Ivins could not have produced such a dry anthrax powder that was microencapsulated

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 7, 2011

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Department of Defense FY 2003 Budget Estimate

Feburary 2002

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, DEFENSE-WIDE

Volume 1 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

(p. 123)

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 RDT&E BUDGET ITEM JUSTIFICATION SHEET

(R-2 Exhibit)

DATE: February 2002

APPROPRIATION/BUDGET ACTIVITY

RDT&E, Defense-wide … BA2 Applied Research

R-1 ITEM NOMENCLATURE: Biological Warfare Defense

PE 0602383E, R-1 #16

UNCLASSIFIED

  • Evaluated the feasibility of additional strategies (e.g., exhaled breath) for direct identification or detection of infection without direct sample collection.
  • Demonstrated the ability to perform accelerated patient diagnosis using a rapid single molecule DNA sequencing technique in a model system.
  • Sensors. ($25.800 Million)
  • Completed development and testing of first-generation prototype biochip sensor.
  • Continued the development of effective and rapid chip-reading capability with enhanced sensitivity and low false alarm rate.
  • Continued the development of advanced alternative technologies for live vs. dead bio-agent identification using peptides and other molecules.
  • Developed hierarchical biochip sensors.
  • Designed and tested techniques to replace antibody-based detection, such as short peptides, aptamers and lectins.
  • Designed and tested novel reporting/transduction techniques such as ion channels.
  • Designed and synthesized short peptide binding molecules for use in the detection of biological warfare agents.
  • Evaluated ion channel sensor systems for use in the detection of biological warfare agents.
  • Evaluated methods for removing micro-encapsulation of disguised pathogens and/or sensing through the micro-encapsulation.

  • Developed technologies required for next-generation miniature biological detectors including the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics, and mesoscopic -sized components.
  • Evaluated false positive and false negative rates for systems of detectors using biomolecular cells or tissues.
  • Exploited and/or mimicked the olfactory sensors of biological systems for use in the detection of biological warfare agents.
  • Demonstrated enhanced signal output from engineered cells and tissue based sensors and integrated information from these sensors with user interfaces for predictive responses.
  • Engineered a deployable prototype cell and tissue sensor for field-testing.
  • Evaluated sample collection technologies for cell and tissue sensors.
  • Evaluated methods of cell stabilization for possible application to cell based sensors.
  • Developed biosensor models and robust characterization protocols.
  • Evaluated new resonant modes for biosensors.
  • Investigated standoff techniques for trigger and identification.

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 Anonymous comments …

The chemical analysis of the attack spores suggests that microencapsulation with a tin catalyzed silicone polymer was employed. Something that was not possible at Fort Detrick. Bruce Ivins could not have produced such a dry anthrax powder that was microencapsulated.

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