Skunk odor used in biological attack

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 @ 3:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new form of chemical attack has been used on a prominent politician in the European city of Luxembourg.
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BARDA cancels procurement of rPA vaccines

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 @ 3:55pm by Nick Rees

The Office of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has announced that its Request for Proposal for the procurement of rPA vaccines has been canceled.
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European Union's counterterror measures questioned by chemical, biological experts

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 @ 4:02pm by Nick Rees

Industry representatives have said that new European Union counter-terrorist measures could increase administrative burdens on the chemical sector while duplicating security procedures.
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Newly revealed 2002 report questions border security from biological weapons

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 @ 4:05pm by Nick Rees

A recently revealed report, marked "sensitive," has surfaced as part of a load of documents uncovered by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), the Salt Lake Tribune has reported.
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Anthrax drug Anthim shown to be effective in rabbit and primate studies

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 @ 4:07pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The biopharmaceutical company Elusys Therapeutics, Inc., has announced positive results for its Anthim anthrax anti-toxin program.
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Emergent BioSolutions reacts to BARDA's Request for Proposal cancellation

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 @ 9:29pm by Nick Rees

The Office of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has advised Emergent BioSolutions that while BARDA's Request for Proposal has been canceled, Emergent is encouraged to submit a proposal for the office's Broad Agency Announcement.
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Study highlights impact of pandemic on available blood supply

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 @ 3:31pm by Nick Rees

Data examined by a German research team has shown that the supply and demand for blood transfusions during a pandemic situation could cause a severe depletion in available transfusion units.
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New method of destruction for chemical weapon stockpiles advanced

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 @ 3:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A plan to use explosives to eliminate chemical weapons stockpiled in Colorado and Kentucky has been floated by army officials, arguing that it would improve safety while prevent lags in the nation's weapons destruction schedule.
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Military researcher infected with tularemia at research laboratory

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 @ 3:37pm by Nick Rees

A military researcher, working at the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, has contracted a laboratory-acquired infection of tularemia.
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Warning issued to synthetic DNA manufacturers

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 @ 3:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Health and Human Services has warned U.S. businesses trading in DNA to be on guard against abuses leading to bioterrorism.
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Combating bioterrorism needs to be a collaborative effort, ISBI founder says

Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 @ 2:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

"I would argue bioterrorism is the most viable threat of an enormous magnitude, far more than a nuclear attack," Barry Kellman, president of the International Security & Biopolicy Institute said. "There are many threats.
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Autophay-inducing agent shown to neutralize tularemia

Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 @ 2:31pm by Nick Rees

A recent study in the Journal of Biomedical Science has revealed that an autophagy-inducing agent introduced to the bacteria that causes tularemia in humans can eradicate the small-molecule agents that target innate immunity.
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Safety and simulation training begins at under-fire Boston University biosafety lab

Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 @ 2:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Safety and simulation training has begun on Boston University's Biosafety Level-4 laboratory even as the National Institutes of Health continues weighing the labs safety options.
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Study to be conducted on safety of proposed KSU agro-defense facility

Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 @ 2:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Questions have been raised about the safety of Kansas State's National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility with top safety experts telling citizens there is nothing to worry about.
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U.S. announces new biological weapons stance

Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 @ 2:45pm by Nick Rees

The United States has officially unveiled its strategy to crack down on biological weapons, though the new plan does not include international enforcement, which continues the Bush administrations' rejection of binding verification plans.
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D.C. subway to beef up biological, chemical security

Friday, Dec 11, 2009 @ 3:41pm by Nick Rees

Smiths Detection will provide Washington D.C.'s Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority with an upgrade of its PROTECT threat detection capabilities.
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Singapore debuts bioterror attack tracing software

Friday, Dec 11, 2009 @ 3:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

DSO National Laboratories, Singapore's defense research and development organization, has created software to monitor the spread of chemical agents in real-time.
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XOMA Ltd., announces advances in neutralizing botulinum neurotoxin Type A

Friday, Dec 11, 2009 @ 4:36pm by Nick Rees

XOMA Ltd. has announced results that demonstrate its monoclonal antibody technology XOMA 3AB's ability to neutralize botulinum neurotoxin Type A, a bioterror threat that causes paralysis.
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Researchers given contract to expand pathogen database

Friday, Dec 11, 2009 @ 4:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A five year, $14. million contract has been awarded to researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Pennsylvania from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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Universal Detection Technology responds to Homeland Security request

Friday, Dec 11, 2009 @ 4:41pm by Nick Rees

Universal Detection Technology has responded to the Department of Homeland Security's recent request for research proposals aimed at detecting and containing harmful bioagents used for bioterrorism, including anthrax.
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