As an LRN reference laboratory, IBL's LRN-B lab receives biological specimens from sentinel laboratories and environmental samples from agencies such as HazMat to confirm biological threats. The lab utilizes rapid molecular and conventional microbiological methods for confirmation of biological threat (BT) agents.
Through the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement, IBL's Laboratory Response Network for Biological Threats (LRN-B) lab trains a network of Idaho sentinel labs to recognize potential BT agents and to properly ship specimens. Sentinel laboratories are typically clinical laboratories that analyze or refer specimens that may contain microbial agents or toxins.
Submission forms for LRN-B tests can be found below. To send clinical samples, please notify a staff member in the Emergency Preparedness section. Environmental samples must be submitted to IBL by the FBI.