Umatilla Chemical Depot operator fined for violations

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 @ 2:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the operator of the Umatilla Chemical Depot
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Kentucky weapons destruction plant to receive storage containers

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 @ 2:15pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond, Kentucky, is set to receive shipments of storage containers used to safely transport chemical weapons to processing facilities from closing facilities in Alabama and Arkansas.
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FBI closes 2001 anthrax mailings investigation

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 @ 8:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

As of November 26, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has officially closed the case of the 2001 anthrax mailings.
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U.N. secretary-general opens chemical weapons convention

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 @ 8:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the 15th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention on November 29 by lauding the convention
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DARPA grant given for bioagent detecting chip

Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 @ 2:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has granted $4.3 million dollars to a project that will develop a chip capable of simultaneously detecting both chemical and biological agents.
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National Counterterrorism Center says U.S. safer than in 2001

Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 @ 2:15pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The head of the National Counterterrorism Center has issued a statement that, while the recent release of documents on WikiLeaks undermines U.S. national security, the country is much safer from the possibility of a CBRN attack than it was in 2001.
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University of Washington students create anthrax destroying protein

Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 @ 2:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Students from the University of Washington took home a first-place prize from an international genetic engineering competition for developing an anthrax destroying protein and engineering a type of E. coli that targets harmful bacteria.
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Patent issued to RegeneRx for treatment of biological toxins

Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 @ 2:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

RegeneRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced that it has received a patent in Australia for a technique to use thymosin beta 4 and various fragments and analogues of TB4 to prevent and treat biological immune responses to reactive biological, chemical and to
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Moroccan officials tour Fort Detrick to improve CBRN defenses

Friday, Dec 3, 2010 @ 2:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Lt. Col. Mohamed El Haouri and Capt. Jalal Kasouati, two Moroccan military medical officers, were recently given a familiarization visit to Fort Detrick, Maryland and multiple other facilities in the area between November 14 and 19.
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Home-grown terrorism on the rise

Friday, Dec 3, 2010 @ 2:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Michael Leiter, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, issued a statement that if the nation
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Iran declares desire to cooperate with OPCW

Friday, Dec 3, 2010 @ 2:41pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A senior official from the Iranian foreign ministry recently declared Iran
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Supercomputer used to solve anthrax's ribosomal mystery

Friday, Dec 3, 2010 @ 2:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Theoretical biologists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have used a supercomputer to help a team of international scientists solve another ribosomal mystery that may aid in combating engineered strains of anthrax and the plague.
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DoD signs contract to develop biological pathogen antidotes

Monday, Dec 6, 2010 @ 3:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Defense has signed a three year, $8.2 million contract with South Brunswick, New Jersey's Snowdon, Inc., to develop drug molecules like antidotes and vaccines to protect against eight biological pathogens.
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Colleagues defend Ivins' innocence

Monday, Dec 6, 2010 @ 3:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Former U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease researcher John Ezzell and attorney Paul Kemp recently made detailed statements about the 2001 anthrax case that affected 17 people and killed five.
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Biological weapons convention to be held this week

Monday, Dec 6, 2010 @ 3:57pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The 2010 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention will be held this week at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
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Al-Qaeda planned on using poisoned perfume

Monday, Dec 6, 2010 @ 3:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Saudi authorities recently claimed that Al-Qaeda militants planned to use poisoned gifts to kill Saudi government and security officials.
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NIST releases update to biothreat collection guidelines

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 @ 3:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, along with various federal, state and local agencies, recently released an update to existing guidelines for the collection of potentially dangerous suspected biothreat samples.
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U.N. calls for development of bioweapons monitors

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 @ 3:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently called for the development of a structured and regular means of monitoring developments in science and technology in order to help achieve global biological weapons disarmament and increase internation
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Canadian lab cited as a facility vital to U.S. interests

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 @ 4:01pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Cangene lab in South Winnipeg has vaulted into the international spotlight after it was named on a list of facilities vital to United States interests in a WikiLeaks posting of sensitive documents.
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FDA advisory panel backs new method of anthax vaccine research

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 @ 5:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An FDA advisory panel has backed a new strategy for anthrax vaccine researched developed by its Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
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