Chemist sentenced for potassium cyanide possession

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 @ 4:13pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Hessam Ghane of Independence, Missouri, a 61-year old chemist, has been sentenced to eight years and one month in jail for possession of the extremely toxic substance potassium cyanide, which is considered a chemical weapon.
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Force Protection Equipment Demonstration to focus on bioagents

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 @ 4:15pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Over 3,000 commercial off-the-shelf items of systems and equipment for counterterrorism will be on display at the Eighth Force Protection Equipment Demonstration, which will be held at the Stafford Regional Airport in Northern Virginia May 17-19.
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Department of Defense completes rapid response exercise

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 @ 4:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

AVIBiopharma and the U.S. Department of Defense recently completed 11 days of a rapid response exercise using a potentially fatal pathogen.
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Potentially anthrax tainted meat found for sale in the U.K.

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 @ 4:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Raids in Britain conducted by Trading Standards Officials have turned up potentially contaminated chimpanzee meat being sold in the United Kingdom.
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DTRA gives grant for airborne agents algorithm

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 @ 2:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Boise State University professors Inanc Senocak and Jodi Mead have received a grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the National Science Foundation to develop an algorithm for potentially hazardous airborne agents.
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Novel method for terahertz detection of hidden bioweapons up for award

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 @ 2:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Benjamin Clough, a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has developed a novel method for detecting terahertz information that could be used to remotely detect hidden explosives and weapons, including bioweapons.
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Dr. Jay Boris honored for biological agent tracking tool

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 @ 2:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Jay Boris has received the Timothy P. Coffey Innovation Award for creating a software tool to track predictions of the movement of chemical, biological and radiological agents.
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Cambodia bans manufacture of bioweapons, WMDs

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 @ 2:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The government of Cambodia recently approved a decree banning the manufacture of materials that could be used in the production of weapons of mass destruction, including bioweapons.
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Preparations begin for mustard gas assessments at Kentucky depot

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 @ 4:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Employees of the Blue Grass Chemical Activity will begin the preparation of stored mustard projectiles for x-ray assessments to take place this week at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky.
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Former Libyan official says Gaddafi has bioweapons

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 @ 4:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

With the conflict in Libya worsening, a growing number of experts and ex-Libyan officials are worried dictator Muammar Gaddafi could use biological and chemical weapons to seek an end the revolt taking place there.
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Report warns that terrorists could use bioweapons on U.S. soil

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 @ 4:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A research report conducted by the APA has analyzed terrorist threats on the domestic front and has determined that terrorists currently have operational ability to affect biological attacks on United States soil.
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South Korea, U.S. armies demonstrate bioweapons response

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 @ 4:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

South Korean and U.S. soldiers participated in a training exercise this week that simulated the detection and disposal of North Korean chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons as part of military exercises between the two countries.
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Expert calls for consolidation of U.S. biodefense system

Friday, Mar 4, 2011 @ 6:01pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

While many members of Congress are battling over what to cut out of the federal budget, the Government Accountability Office released a report Tuesday that showed the overlap and waste involved throughout the government.
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Akonni Biosystems inks agreement with USARMIID

Friday, Mar 4, 2011 @ 6:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Akonni Biosystems, a molecular diagnostics company and developer of low-cost, rapid and highly scalable solutions for the testing of infectious diseases, has inked a license agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
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White powder found at ABC's New York office

Friday, Mar 4, 2011 @ 6:04pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

ABC announced recently that a suspicious pile of white powder that had been found in their New York office was actually instant soup.
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Postal worker in Malta's jail sentence for anthrax hoax suspended

Friday, Mar 4, 2011 @ 6:05pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A court in Valetta, Malta, suspended the jail sentence of a postal worker convicted of creating a letter filled with white powder meant for the U.S. Embassy during the height of the 2001 anthrax scare.
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Deseret Chemical Depot receives munitions disposal equipment

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 @ 4:51pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A high-tech piece of equipment designed to deal with chemical munitions that are too corroded for standard procedures has arrived in Utah, where officials believe it will work as expected without causing harm to people or the environment.
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Head of Kansas Bioscience Authority faces ethics violations

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 @ 4:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The chief executive of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, the organization seeking to bring a $650 million facility that will study methods of countering bioterrorism to Manhattan, Kansas, defended himself Friday against ethical violation accusations by a f
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Joint Biological Detection System Increment 2 issues request for proposal

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 @ 4:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Army researchers are preparing to initiate the Joint Biological Standoff Detection System Increment 2 program by issuing a request for proposals for its initial phase by the end of this month.
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GAO calls for centralized biodefense activities

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 @ 4:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In a recent series of reports on duplication in the federal government, the General Accounting Office recommended that the Homeland Security Council create a central point of focus for the coordination of all federal biodefense activities.
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