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National Research Council (US) Committee on Scientific Milestones for the Development of a Gene Sequence-Based Classification System for the Oversight of Select Agents. Sequence-Based Classification of Select Agents: A Brighter Line. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2010.

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Sequence-Based Classification of Select Agents: A Brighter Line.

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This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

  • Ken Berns, Florida College of Medicine
  • Arturo Casadevall, Yeshiva University
  • Rocco Casagrande, Gryphon Scientific
  • David Eisenberg, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Tanja Kortemme, University of California, San Francisco
  • Gigi Kwik-Gronvall, University of Pittsburgh
  • Henry Metzger, National Institutes of Health
  • Claudia Mickelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stephen Ostroff, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Julian Parkhill, The Sanger Institute
  • Harvey Rubin, University of Pennsylvania
  • Janet Shoemaker, American Society for Microbiology
  • Frederick Sparling, University of North Carolina

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of the report was overseen by Ronald Atlas, University of Louisville and Adel Mahmoud, Princeton University. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

We thank Dr. Louise Teel and Dr. Christy Ventura of the O’Brien lab; Alisha Prather of Galveston National Lab; and Dr. Jeremy Block of the Richardson lab, for thoughtful suggestions and contributions to the Appendices.

We are grateful to those who attended and participated in the September 3, 2009, Workshop (Appendix D) and those who met with the committee during the course of this study. These individuals, named in the preface, were generous with their time, expertise, and ideas, and were helpful to the committee’s work.

Copyright © 2010, National Academy of Sciences.
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