This is the third in a series of webinars in which Dr. Bruce Budowle will leverage his extensive research background and provide critical information which will be foundational to understanding the current application of microbial forensics to combating biological crimes.
In this installment, Dr. Budowle will present on biocrime, postmortem interval, human identification, capabilities, legal issues, and the role of the forensic scientist. Participants will gain a better understanding of evaluating the ways in which microbial forensics can be expanded to resolve forensic casework and the role it plays in combating bioterrorism.
The microbial world is vast and diverse. Although some microorganisms are beneficial, there are others that cause disease and have been used as bioweapons to cause harm to people, animals, and plants, the effects of which may have a serious impact on our health, economy and general safety. Understanding basic microbiology, the indicators of development and use of bioweapons, and the associated risks for victims can be important for the forensic scientist who may be the first exposed to this type of crime scene evidence. Over the past few years there have been substantial technical and bioinformatic advances which enhance the capability to type microbial evidence as well as expand to the characterization of microbes and their products, therefore supporting a wider range of forensic investigations.