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Purpose of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN)

Today, the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) is a multi-level network of local, state, federal, and military laboratories across the United States and internationally which work together in an integrated and coordinated way to provide a rapid response to public health emergencies. The LRN concept of operations is based on a system of safety and proficiency.

Some of the goals of the LRN are to:

  • Establish standardized protocols used for the identification of pathogens that carry a high consequence
  • Provide guidance for safe and effective handling of suspected threat agents
  • Serve as a source of expert advice for agents of concern
  • Identify threat agents using complex molecular methods