Biosecurity hearing calls for greater threat response

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 @ 11:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Delaware Senator Tom Carper's subcommittee overseeing international security held a hearing Tuesday on the state of biosecurity in the U.S.
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Libyan paper says rebels planned anthrax attack

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 @ 12:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to information from the Libyan publication Zengetna, rebels may have been preparing an operation to launch biological weapons as part of an attack in Sirte.
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Scientific advances increase biothreat, experts testify

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 @ 12:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to panelists who testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Tuesday, scientific advances have increased the threat of a bioterror act.
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Sen. Ben Cardin commemorates anthrax attacks

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 @ 1:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) recently spoke at the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the anthrax letter attacks that claimed the lives of five people and injured 17 others.
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FBI working to establish ties with scientific community

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 @ 1:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is working to establish closer ties with the scientific community in order to enhance its ability to seek out potential bioterrorists.
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Expert warns that film depicts possible threat

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 @ 2:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An infectious disease expert and consultant on the movie Contagion recently asserted that the film
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Positive ID Corp. launces ricin identifier

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 @ 2:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Positive ID Corporation recently announced the launch of an immunodetection assay for the identification of the biological agent ricin.
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NIAID awards contract for biothreat antibiotic candidate

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 @ 3:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded antibiotics firm Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals a contract with $6 million in committed funding to develop a respiratory disease antibiotic candidate.
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David Wang joins Response Biomedical's board of directors

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 @ 3:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Response Biomedical Corporation, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of rapid on-site diagnostic tests used for biodefense applications, announced this week that Dr. David Wang has been appointed to its board of directors as of October 11.
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U.S. has anthrax medical countermeasures program, expert says

Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 @ 11:45am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Experts gathered on Friday at BARDA Industry Day in Boston to examine the United States' ability to prepare for and treat an anthrax bioterror attack.
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Fears grow that Qaddafi arms are unsecured

Monday, Oct 24, 2011 @ 11:50am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The chemical agents and nuclear material stored by former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi have reportedly been secured, but many of his stockpiled conventional arms may have already crossed the country
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Synthetic biology raises bioterror fears

Monday, Oct 24, 2011 @ 11:50am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The potential for synthetic biology to become a tool for bioterrorists has caused a rift within a coalition of research laboratories heavily funded by the National Science Foundation.
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Indian co. debuts anthrax detection kit

Monday, Oct 24, 2011 @ 1:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Defense Food Research Laboratory in India recently revealed an anthrax detection kit that provides a fast, reliable, cost effective and easy system to ensure food safety due to bioterrorism.
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Condoleezza Rice writes of bioterror fears

Monday, Oct 24, 2011 @ 1:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In a memoir recently released by former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Rice writes of disagreements over national security and concerns over bioterrorism.
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Hazmat scare reported at the Blue Grass Army Depot

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 @ 12:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

No injuries were reported Monday after a quality assurance inspector observed a bright orange substance on the floor of a large metal storage container at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky.
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Contract announced for nerve agent countermeasures

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 @ 12:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company, announced on Monday that the National Institutes of Health CounterACT program has awarded a $736,951 contract to a University of Colorado scientist to develop medical countermeasures against nerve agents.
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Lax safety at anthrax lab cited in 2001 anthrax attacks

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 @ 12:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Army laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, reportedly had such poor security measures in place up to the fall of 2001 that anthrax spores could have easily been smuggled out of it for use in the deadly mail attacks of that year.
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Third study initiated for anthrax antitoxin

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 @ 12:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Elusys Therapeutics, Inc., recently announced that it is initiating a third clinical study to test the safety of Anthim, its anthrax antitoxin currently in late-stage development.
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Security groups remain concerned about Libyan weapons

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 @ 12:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Security analysts and human rights groups are concerned with the large numbers of weapons, including chemical weapons and surface-to-air missiles, that may remain scattered across Libya after months of civil war.
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Umatilla Depot finishes destroying mustad agent stockpile

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 @ 12:04pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Army recently incinerated the last of its stockpile of mustard agent stored at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Umatilla, Oregon.
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