Affect of new legislation on science community questioned

Friday, Nov 20, 2009 @ 2:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The ability of U.S. laboratories to conduct important biodefense research could be impaired by mandates included in new federal legislation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced.
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More than 232 metric tons of sarin destroyed

Friday, Nov 20, 2009 @ 2:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

More than 232 metric tons of the nerve agent sarin have been destroyed by a Russian chemical weapons disposal site.
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Positive results reported for fight against VHF

Friday, Nov 20, 2009 @ 2:37pm by Nick Rees

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has announced that its researchers have presented positive data on progress as part of its federally funded preclinical viral hemorrhagic fever program.
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New technology allows for sanitizing of potential bio-infected mail

Friday, Nov 20, 2009 @ 2:41pm by Nick Rees

The MailDefender might look like a cross between a safe and a washing machine but it could be the missing piece to protecting the public from lethal bio-agents sent through the mail.
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Chemical agent disposal facility reaches important safety milestone

Monday, Nov 23, 2009 @ 3:15pm by Nick Rees

The Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Pine Bluff, Ark., which is uses incineration technology to destroy chemical agent stockpiles, has recorded a major safety milestone.
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Gene synthesis firms unite to tighten security

Monday, Nov 23, 2009 @ 3:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The five companies - DNA 2.0, GeneArt, GenScript, Integrated DNA Technologies and Blue Heron Biotechnology - provide 80 percent of global gene synthesis capacity.
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Consortium formed to create thermostable ricin vaccine

Monday, Nov 23, 2009 @ 3:24pm by Nick Rees

Soligenix, Inc., a late-stage biotechnology company, has announced that is has formed a consortium to aid in developing thermostable technology to advance RiVax and other rapidly acting vaccines.
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Australia strengthens background checks for bioweapons handlers

Monday, Nov 23, 2009 @ 3:41pm by Nick Rees

Australia will be enhancing its already stringent requirements to secure biological disease agents following the passing of a new measure.
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Washington state man who created ricin appeals sentencing

Monday, Nov 23, 2009 @ 3:45pm by Nick Rees

Kenneth Olsen, a Washington state man sentenced to 13 years in prison for plotting to poison his wife in with ricin in 2003, has asked for his conviction to be thrown out following the disgrace of a prosecution witness.
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Tiny silicon chip to increase first responders' ability to diagnose bio attack

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 @ 3:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A tiny chip based on silicon produced by IBM's research labs in Zurich could soon be used by first responders to quickly diagnose dozens of diseases faster and with less blood required than normal.
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New bioweapon detector showcased

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 @ 3:57pm by Nick Rees

Universal Detection Technology has demonstrated its latest development in bioweapon technology at the 2009 Milipol Conference, a five-agent biodetection handheld assay.
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Export of bioweapon technology to India to remain restricted

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 @ 4:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United States has maintained restrictions on the export of as many as 11 of its 16 dual use technology regimes to India, including on dual use technology in chemical and biological weapons.
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South African government trained in identification of bioweapons, other WMDs

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 @ 4:07pm by Nick Rees

A workshop on identifying potential chemical, biological and nuclear weapons has been completed by South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the National Nuclear Security Administration.
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Pundits push for changes in creation of vaccines

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 @ 4:13pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

As the swine flu epidemic continues to steam ahead, leading pundits have begun to apply lessons learned from its spread to potential bioattacks.
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Emergent BioSolutions launches biothrax.com

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 @ 7:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

ROCKVILLE, Md.
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Previously unknown toxin with bioweapon possibilities found in Australian river

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 @ 2:17pm by Nick Rees

A previously unknown toxin with the potential to be used for bioterror has been found deep in Australia's Fitzroy River. The toxin, which has no smell, can only be seen under a microscope and is known to be poisonous to mammals.
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Cowpox's genetic code could lead to bioweapon vaccines

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 @ 2:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Research into deciphering the cowpox virus' genetic coding has revealed the potential to treat other diseases, including those that pose a biothreat such as ebola.
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Chemical and biological attacks simulated in Israel

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 @ 2:25pm by Nick Rees

Israel has finished civilian exercises to aid in preparing its citizens for a chemical attack.
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DIATHERIX Labs presents single test viral and bacterial technology

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 @ 2:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

DIATHERIX's Target Enriched Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction technology allows it to test for both viral and bacterial pathogens with a single test.
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Emergent BioSolutions submits its plan for vaccine contract to FDA

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 @ 7:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

ROCKVILLE, Md.
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