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Description:This 2014 photograph, a closer view than PHIL 16831, depicts a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) computer technology specialist, as she held up towards the foreground, a square-shaped gene sequencing computer chip, designed to quicken the processes involved in the identification of viral DNA, speeding up this process to a period of a mere three hours, from what normally took months to accomplish. Known as Advanced Molecular Detection, or AMD, this new technology will be able to assist not only in viral genetic mapping, but genetic decoding of pathogenic parasites and bacteria as well.
Investing in AMD would bring the U.S. public health system a more precise and accurate means to:

   1. find smoldering disease outbreaks we are missing now

   2. find disease outbreaks faster to protect communities, and

   3. stop threats in our food supply

AMD at CDC would allow experts in infectious disease laboratory science, epidemiology and bioinformatics to join forces like never before to go from a hunch to certainty in record time to prevent illness and save lives. Please visit the links below for more information on this topic.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Gathany
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:James Gathany
Links:CQ Roll Call – “CDC Plans to Map DNA of Disease-Causing Viruses”, by John Reichard
CDC - Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) and Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks
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