OPCW delegation visits U.S. weapons destruction facilities

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 @ 5:07pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A delegation from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons visited the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant in Colorado and the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Utah between February 28 and March 4.
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Scientists sequence novel Clostridium botulinum strain's genome

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 @ 5:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists at the Norwich Research Park in the United Kingdom have successfully sequenced the genome of a novel strain of Clostridium botulinum that can produce a deadly neurotoxin and could be used as biological terrorism weapon.
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Scientists complete scientific report on 2001 anthrax attacks

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 @ 5:09pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists from the University of Maryland recently completed the first scientific report that investigates the 2001 anthrax attacks.
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Florida inmate says anthrax hoax letter was for his safety

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 @ 5:09pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An inmate at the Putnam Country jail in Jacksonville, Florida, recently told a court he sent a judge an envelope containing a white powder because he sought to save himself by receiving a federal sentence.
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Expert warns of bioterror's ability to undermine America

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011 @ 3:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Jeffrey Simon recently said that he believes the war on terrorism cannot be won, and that bioterrorism, in particular, could disturb the foundations of American society.
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Debate continues over eradication of smallpox

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011 @ 3:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

More than 30 years after smallpox was eradicated from the globe, an intense debate has surfaced over what to do with the remaining stockpiles of the disease, with some advocating for complete eradication.
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EPA announces faster anthrax detection method

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011 @ 6:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has released a revised report on what is believes to be a faster method for detecting spores of Bacillus anthracis, also known as anthrax, in samples pulled from the environment.
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Death sentence finalized for 1996 subway sarin attack

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011 @ 6:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A death sentence has been finalized for Masami Tsuchiya, previously a senior member of the AUM Shinrikyo cult, who was convicted over a series of crimes perpetrated by the group, including the Tokyo subway system sarin attack in 1995.
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Expert slams belief that bioweapons hard to obtain

Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 @ 4:57pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Retired Colonel Randall Larsen recently slammed the idea that biological weapons were as difficult for non-state actors to obtain and utilize as nuclear weapons.
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Hagan set to head committee on emerging threats

Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 @ 4:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Kay Hagan (D
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Army to use "origami" method to fight bioweapons

Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 @ 4:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A method of shaping DNA similar to Japanese origami will be used by the U.S. Army as a method of building heartier antibodies that can be used to detect pathogens like smallpox and Ebola.
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Shipping error causes anthrax fears

Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 @ 5:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A shipping error led to the evacuation of around 500 employees at Christian Book Distributors in Salem, Massachusetts, as officials investigated a package containing a powdery substance.
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Doctors allege Yemen using nerve gas on protesters

Friday, Mar 11, 2011 @ 3:38pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Doctors present at the recent violent anti-government protests in Yemen
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Anthrax attack simulation planned for Arizona

Friday, Mar 11, 2011 @ 3:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An emergency response exercise simulating an attack using anthrax is scheduled for April 2 in Gilbert, Arizona.
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Anthrax hoax shutters Bulgarian capital city's town hall

Friday, Mar 11, 2011 @ 5:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An alert was received in the Bulgarian city of Sofia via phone insisting that someone had delivered a backpack full of anthrax inside the downtown City Hall building, which led to the evacuation of the building.
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Libya unrest could harm U.S. program involving chemical weapons experts

Friday, Mar 11, 2011 @ 6:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A sensitive U.S. government program employing more than 700 former chemical weapons and nuclear experts working on civilian projects in Libya's medical and petroleum industries has been disrupted by the nation's current turmoil.
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Watchdog group appeals decision to allow pathogen work at lab

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 @ 4:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Lawrence Livermore Laboratory watchdog group recently appealed a decision by a district court to allow research on deadly pathogens such as anthrax.
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Expert says viral ingredients should be made available to create vaccines

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 @ 4:31pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

While speaking at the University of Missouri, U.S. government consultant and Stanford professor Dr. Steven Block recently discussed the threat of biological weapons to the United States.
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Defense experts give testimony on security concerns

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 @ 5:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, the Defense Intelligence Agency director, and James R. Clapper Jr., the National Intelligence director, spoke during a testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday, describing their top U.S. national security concerns.
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Curveball speaks out

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 @ 5:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Iraqi defector codenamed
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