Anniston Chemical Depot begins to layoff workers

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 @ 12:51pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

On Tuesday, the first Army employees to lose their jobs since the end of chemical weapons destruction at the Anniston Army depot were given notice.
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Jogger triggers anthrax scare in California

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 @ 12:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to police in San Jose, California, a man who was wearing what looked like a gas mask and body armor who dropped a package into a post office box, causing fears of an anthrax attack, was just exercising in strange workout gear.
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Ohio man receives probation for anthrax hoax letter

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 @ 12:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An Ohio man who started a bioterrorism scare when he mailed a white powder-filled letter to a Texas marketing company was recently sentenced to three years probation by a federal court.
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N.J. city purchases boat to detect bioweapons

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 @ 12:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Bayonne Fire Department in Bayonne, New Jersey, recently used federal money to purchase a boat that can help first responders to detect biological and chemical weapons.
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St. Louis woman pleads guilty to federal anthrax hoax charges

Friday, Dec 2, 2011 @ 1:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A St. Louis woman recently pleaded guilty to federal charges that she sent numerous packages to her perceived enemies that contained, among other things, a white powder that investigators believe was meant to simulate the deadly biological toxin anthrax.
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Alabama man senteced for anthrax hoax

Friday, Dec 2, 2011 @ 1:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An Alabama man was recently sentenced to four years and three months in prison by a federal court for sending a series of hoax anthrax letters.
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Gene found that counteracts ricin's effects

Friday, Dec 2, 2011 @ 3:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A team of scientists led by Dr. Ulrich Elling of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna has discovered a gene that counteracts the effects of ricin, a deadly poison developed from castor beans.
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Anthrax hoax hits New York City newsroom

Friday, Dec 2, 2011 @ 3:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Staffers at the WPIX/Channel 11 newsroom in New York City were in lockdown mode on Wednesday afternoon after an envelope that contained a suspicious powder was opened at the assignment desk.
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Napolitano warns of increasing risk of lone wolf terrorists

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 @ 12:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Janet Napolitano, the director of U.S. Homeland Security, said on Friday that the risk of attackers with no ties to known extremist networks or grand conspiracies, known as lone wolf attackers, is on the rise.
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Alleged Georgia ricin plot leader asks for release

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 @ 12:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Georgia man accused of leading a plot to buy weapons and explosives to target government officials asked a judge to release him on bond because the federal domestic terrorism charges are "overblown."
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Botulinum toxin detector under development

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 @ 1:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new test to detect the presence of low levels of Botulinum toxin is currently being developed by Quanterix Corp. and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
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Hillary Clinton to appear at biowarfare prevention conference

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 @ 1:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A senior U.S. State Department official recently announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear at an upcoming international conference on biological warfare prevention and preparedness to be held in Geneva.
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Boston University receives preliminary approval for biomedical lab

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 @ 1:31pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Boston University recently received preliminary approval from Massachusetts environmental officials to open a laboratory for biomedical research on substances that are less hazardous than those that sparked opposition to the project.
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U.S. says it is on pace for weapons destruction

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 @ 1:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons recently spoke in The Hague, Netherlands, about U.S. participation and the need to increase membership in the Chemical Weapons Convention.
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Ban Ki-moon calls for cooperation on the diplomatic use of biological science

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 @ 2:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, urged states parties to the international convention on biological weapons on Monday to increase cooperation on the diplomatic use of biological science and technology.
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Ebola vaccine proves effective in mice

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 @ 2:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers have developed an Ebola vaccine that protects mice from the disease and the advance may lead to an eventual human vaccine that could protect against a biological attack.
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House passes bill to protect U.S. against biothreats

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 @ 4:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) bipartisan bill to protect the U.S. against pandemics and attacks from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.
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Journal publishes data on use of Valortim to fight anthrax

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 @ 2:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

PharmAthene, Inc., recently announced that a major peer-reviewed journal has published data supporting the potential use of Valortim, a fully human monoclonal antibody, as both a post-exposure prophylaxis and a treatment for anthrax infection.
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Japanese sarin victim hired by spinoff of Aum Shinrikyo

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 @ 2:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A victim of the deadly 1994 Aum Shinrikyo sarin attack in Matsumoto, Japan, was recently hired by a spinoff branch of the cult to conduct surveys and hold informational meetings with its members.
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New phage could fight anthrax

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 @ 2:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have used an electron microscope and cryo-electron tomography to produce a three-dimensional image of a virus that infects anthrax bacteria.
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