San Francisco calls for anthrax detector registration

Friday, Oct 7, 2011 @ 12:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

New legislation in San Francisco proposed by David Chiu, a supervisor with the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee, aims to reduce the cost of biothreat false alarms by requiring users of the equipment to register their devices.
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N.Y. mayor could authorize air strike on crop dusting plane attack

Friday, Oct 7, 2011 @ 12:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who spoke during a City Council hearing on Thursday, Mayor Mike Bloomberg can authorize an air strike if a large jet manned by terrorists ever threatened the city.
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South Korea developing bioweapon defenses

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 @ 11:50am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to South Korea's defense minister, the country is researching and developing defensive measures against possible biological and chemical attacks from North Korea.
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Pakistan planning anti-bioweapon law

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 @ 11:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The government of Pakistan is planning to introduce a new law that will prohibit the use of biological weapons inside and outside of Pakistan, with potential punishment by death.
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NATO Alliance calls for strengthened effort to fight bioweapons

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 @ 12:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Numerous legislators from the NATO Alliance have called for allied governments to increase their efforts to stop the threat of biological and chemical weapons, saying that a growing danger exists that terrorists may acquire and use such weapons to devasta
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Ivins' colleagues question his guilt

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 @ 1:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two former colleagues of accused anthrax mailer Bruce Ivins, both now professors at the University of Wyoming, say that the evidence clearly shows Ivins could not have carried out the crime.
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BARDA releases five year strategic plan

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 @ 1:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority recently released a five year strategic plan that foresees many new projects ready for regulatory review in the next several years.
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Ivins' colleagues question his guilt

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 @ 1:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two former colleagues of accused anthrax mailer Bruce Ivins, both now professors at the University of Wyoming, say that the evidence clearly shows Ivins could not have carried out the crime.
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Congress lacks response plan for terror attacks

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Ten years after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Congress has yet to develop contingency plans in case of a scenario where a large number of lawmakers are either killed or incapacitated.
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Fort Detrick risk assessment inadequate, experts warn

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A National Research Council report ordered by the U.S. government said that the risk-assessment of a new facility at Fort Detrick is not adequate to assess public risk from accidents.
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Grant awarded for anthrax vaccine development

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Loyola University recently won a $3.5 million grant to develop an anthrax vaccine utilizing nanolipoprotein technology.
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Plants could be used as bioweapons, report says

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A doctoral dissertation warns that a terrorist could easily travel across the country to deposit a new plant or bacterial species at key locations undetected.
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Report says U.S. needs to increase countermeasure access

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 @ 2:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Bipartisan WMD Terrorist Research Center released the Bio-Response Report Card on Wednesday stating that the U.S. is unprepared to respond to a large-scale biological attack.
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Indiana city debuts decontamination unit

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 @ 3:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

If an event requiring hazardous materials decontamination occurs in the Youngstown, Indiana, area, a local decontamination unit is ready to respond.
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Scientists contend that Ivins could not have manufactured anthrax

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 @ 3:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Three experts contend that the U.S. Army microbiologist accused of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, Bruce Ivins, did not have the technical skill to produce the spores that were used to kill five people and injure 17.
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Drone technology could be used to spray bioweapons

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 @ 3:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Experts have warned that as remote-controlled drone technology produces smaller and cheaper units, terrorists could seek to use them to potentially spray biological weapons.
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Indiana city debuts decontamination unit

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 @ 3:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

If an event requiring hazardous materials decontamination occurs in the Youngstown, Indiana, area, a local decontamination unit is ready to respond.
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Graham and Talent present WMD report card

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 @ 3:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Former Bob Graham and Jim Talent will presented their latest report card this week detailing how far the nation must go to prepare for what they see as a nearly inevitable biological attack.
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Drone technology could be used to spray bioweapons

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 @ 3:40pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Experts have warned that as remote-controlled drone technology produces smaller and cheaper units, terrorists could seek to use them to potentially spray biological weapons.
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CUBRC receives contract for biodefense antibiotics

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Buffalo, New York-based research institution CUBRC was recently awarded a five year contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop biodefense antibiotics.
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