Category Archives: BioTerrorism

Man accused of sending ricin-laced card charged with attempted murder

Castor beans, ricin

A Hatboro, Pa., man was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly sent a ricin-laced birthday card to his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Nicholas Todd Helman, 19, was arrested for the second time this month in connection with the ricin-laced card, according … Read More »

Healthcare workers receive bioterrorism response training through simulations


Doctors and nurses are receiving hands-on training by diagnosing simulated patients and developing a treatment plan in order to prepare for public health emergencies such as bioterrorism. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has listed 45 pathogens that could … Read More »

House holds oversight hearing on the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies heard testimony from scientific advisors on Thursday during an oversight hearing on Thursday on the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise (PHEMCE). Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) … Read More »

Experts say synthetic biology makes bioterrorism more accessible


Biodefense and counter-terrorism experts Patrick Rose and Adam Bernier said on Monday that advancements in synthetic biology could give more options to organizations that want to develop and pursue biological weapons. The pair published a two-part series on CBRNePortal explaining … Read More »

CBRN experts respond to white powder scare at London borough civic center


CBRN experts from the Enfield Metropolitan Police Service went to Enfield Town Civic Centre on Friday after a council worker opened an envelope containing suspicious white powder. The substance was discovered to be talcum powder, according to North London Press. … Read More »

Sandia Labs vice president speaks on mitigating bioterror threats

Sandia logo

Sandia National Laboratories, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based research facility operated by Sandia Corporation, must continue to work at all times to counteract biological, chemical and radiological threats, a lab official said on Friday. Jill Hruby, the vice president of International, … Read More »

Pascrell: Bioterror threat a life or death matter

Bill Pascrell

The Obama administration’s 2012 strategy to prevent bioterrorism is failing and strengthening security against bioterror is a matter of life or death, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said on Tuesday. Pascrell made the remarks during a hearing called “Bioterrorism: Assessing the … Read More »

Bioterrorism simulation exercise in California successful


A multilateral emergency response test recently measured the ability of multiple emergency response organizations across California to work together to respond to chemical and bioterrorism threats. The simulation exercise was organized by the 95th Civil Support Team in Hayward. The … Read More »

HHS supports development of anti-bioterrorism drug


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday that it will fund the development of a new drug to protect individuals against bioterrorism threats. Under the terms of a five-year, cost-sharing agreement, the Biomedical Advanced Research and … Read More »

White powder letters received during Super Bowl weekend found to be non-toxic


Unknown white powder substances were reported on Friday in New Jersey near the town which hosted the Super Bowl and within a letter addressed to former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The FBI and local law enforcement agencies are still … Read More »

Nazi scientists may have tried to use mosquitoes as weapons

Aedes Mosquito

National Geographic said on Jan. 29 that recently recovered research suggests that Nazi scientists may have planned to release malaria-carrying mosquitoes from airplanes. University of Tübingen Biologist Klaus Reinhardt, who uncovered the research from the Dachau concentration camp, said that … Read More »

Sanral employee arrested for white powder scare


The South African Police Service announced on Thursday that it arrested an employee of the South African National Road Agency on charges related to acts of terrorism. The police service’s Organised Crime Unit of the Hawks in Gauteng arrested the … Read More »

PositiveID reports on market opportunities for homeland security solutions


PositiveID Corporation, a Delray Beach, Florida-based biological detection and diagnostics solutions developer, announced on Thursday that it published a report on market opportunities for its homeland defense products. PositiveID develops microfluidic systems for the automated preparation and performance of biological … Read More »

Florida teenager arrested for alleged sale of toxin Abrin


A teenager in Florida was arrested on January 18 after an undercover Homeland Security Investigations Agent allegedly caught him illegally selling the potentially fatal toxin abrin on an underground, online black market. The man in custody, Jesse Korf, 19, allegedly … Read More »

ACMT emergency response course to be held in Ontario

American College of Medical Toxicology

The American College of Medical Toxicology recently announced that it will hold an educational workshop on effective emergency response to toxic industrial chemical threats in Ottawa, Ontario, on February 5 and 6. The educational workshop will be titled “Chemical Agents … Read More »