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Recent advances in biotechnology and the life sciences have led to new and emerging paradigms for biological detection. For instance, technologies for analyzing brain activity are advancing rapidly and may soon find their way into a multitude of consumer electronics and medical devices. Other technologies are using biological or bio-inspired methods to analyze chemicals present in air, including those of biological origin, allowing the technologies to detect and sense compounds - such as disease biomarkers or industrial pollutants - with unprecedented speed and precision. What capabilities might these technologies unlock? What economic and societal drivers are influencing their development? What ethical, legal, and social issues do they raise? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a virtual workshop on Cutting Edge Scientific Capabilities for Biological Detection on January 20, 21, and 28, 2022, to explore emerging technologies for biological detection and critical issues related to their development and use. This publication summarizes the presentation and discussion of the workshop.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Cutting-Edge Scientific Capabilities for Biological Detection: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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