North korea remains chemical attack threat

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 @ 9:45am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The next North Korean leader will take over an impoverished country that supports a large military armed with massive amounts of chemical weaponry and a small nuclear arsenal.
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Army procures biodetection equipment

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 @ 9:56am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Universal Detection Technology, a developer of early warning monitoring technologies, announced on Thursday that it has received a purchase order for its biological detection equipment from the US Army.
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Avian flu experiment raises bioterror concerns

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 @ 9:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist and an expert on the avian flu, has come under scrutiny due to concerns that his research may fall into the wrong hands.
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Researchers identify protein that controls how ricin kills

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:02am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Using stem cell biology and modern screening methods, a team of Austrian researchers has identified a protein that controls how the deadly plant poison and bioweapon ricin is able to kill.
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Anthrax hoax to cost Tennessee town $15,000

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:03am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recent anthrax hoax involving a letter containing white powder sent to the Bradley County Courthouse in Knoxville, Tennessee, may prove to cost at least $15,000 locally as a federal investigation continues.
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India developing unmanned vehicle for bioweapon disposal

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 @ 1:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization is currently developing an ambitious unmanned vehicle program for the safe handling and disposal of chemical and biological weapons.
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Army upgrades biological weapon gear

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 @ 1:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Army
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Government cuts threaten bioterror response abilities

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 @ 10:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a report released on Tuesday, recent and proposed government budget cuts are threatening to reverse the significant improvements that were made in the nation's ability to respond to bioterror attacks after Sept. 11, 2001.
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DTRA solicits proposals for nerve agent prophylaxis

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 @ 10:43am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The DTRA announced on Wednesday that it is soliciting proposals for rapid innovation for intra-muscular delivery of reconstituted human plasma Butylcholine Esterase as prophylaxis against all classes of nerve agents.
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U.S. asks scientists to censor H5N1 mutation experiments

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 @ 10:44am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. government has asked scientists to censor portions of experiments that detail how the H5N1 bird flu can be mutated into a strain that could be highly infectious to humans.
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House Energy and Commerce Committee examining smallpox contract

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 @ 10:45am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is examining a $433 million sole-source contract given to the makers of an experimental smallpox drug by the Obama Administration.
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Anthrax hoax letter sent to Italian prime minister

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:53am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Three suspicious envelopes containing white powder were intercepted by police this week, including one addressed to Mario Monti, Italy's prime minister, while the others were sent to the Milan stock market and the Equitalia headquarters.
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Levi says emergency preparedness progress eroding

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a Huffington Post editorial written by Jeffrey Levi, the executive director of Trust for America's Health, the last 10 years of progress for emergency preparedness are now eroding due to budget cuts.
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Virologists fire back at U.S. for H5N1 censorship request

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:01pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Leading virologists recently fired back at the U.S. government for trying to stop scientific journals from publishing the details of laboratory work that created a strain of H5N1 avian influenza that can easily be contracted by humans.
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Report warns of decreasing ability of U.S. to respond to bioterror attack

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A report recently issued by two non-profit organizations claims that public health programs designed to detect and respond to bioterror events or disease outbreaks will be at risk if automatic budget cuts remain.
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Seventh Review Conference ends three weeks session

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:33pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

On Thursday, the Seventh Review Conference to the states parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction ended its three week session.
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Controversial H5N1 study utilized ferrets as model

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two unpublished, controversial studies infecting ferrets with mutant H5N1 avian flu viruses have questioned if humans will experience similar infection patterns to a particular flu strain that spreads easily in ferrets.
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Expert examines fight against lone wolf terrorism

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 @ 1:13pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Raffaello Pantucci, an associate fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization, examined what countries are doing to counter the threat of lone wolf terrorism in an recent editorial for Homeland Security Today.
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Nunn-Lugar program destroys 121.66 metric tons of nerve agent

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 @ 1:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Senator Dick Lugar announced on Wednesday that the Nunn-Lugar Global Cooperative Threat Reduction Program destroyed 121.66 metric tons of nerve agent, a chemical weapon, during the month of October.
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Scientists worried that H5N1 research withholding may be slippery slope

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 @ 2:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists working with avian influenza are concerned about a recent decision by the U.S. government to ask two scientific journals to withhold portions of a controversial study.
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