Microbial Forensics: A Powerful Tool for Pursuing Bioterrorism Perpetrators and the Need for an International Database

  title={Microbial Forensics: A Powerful Tool for Pursuing Bioterrorism Perpetrators and the Need for an International Database},
  author={Ruifu Yang and Paul S Keim},
  journal={Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense},
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