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Two unpublished, controversial studies infecting ferrets with mutant H5N1 avian flu viruses have questioned if humans will experience similar infection patterns to a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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Court upholds man's anthrax hoax conviction

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 @ 2:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the five year sentence of a man who sent threatening letters to a federal judge in Nashville, including one containing a white powdery substance.
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Umatilla Chemical Depot finishes stockpile incinerations

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 @ 2:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Inspectors have confirmed that 50 years after the Army's Umatilla Chemical Depot in Eastern Oregon began stockpiling chemical weapons, the last of the stockpile has been incinerated.
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Montana's ability to respond to bioterrorism at risk

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 @ 2:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A national report recently concluded that Montana programs to detect and respond to bioterrorism, disease outbreaks and disasters are at risk because of state and federal budget cuts.
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U.K. customers urged to return bracelets made with deadly castor bean relative

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 @ 2:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of 36 retailers in the United Kingdom is urging customers to return red and white bracelets made from the Jequirity bean, a poisonous relative of the castor bean, which is the main ingredient of the chemical warfare agent ricin.
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White powder scare hits West Virginia insurance agency

Friday, Dec 30, 2011 @ 1:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Charleston, West Virginia, insurance agency was recently evacuated after an employee noticed a suspicious white powder inside an envelope mailed to the building.
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Blue Grass Army Depot completes 50 percent of weapons disposal construction

Friday, Dec 30, 2011 @ 1:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Construction on a chemical weapons disposal facility scheduled to open in Kentucky in five years is nearly half finished.
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Cameras to protect Cape Fear River from bioattack

Friday, Dec 30, 2011 @ 2:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The N.C. State Ports Authority will mount as many as 50 cameras along the Cape Fear River to monitor ship traffic to enhance prevention, protection and response to biological and chemical attacks.
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Canada seeking chemical warfare training apparel

Friday, Dec 30, 2011 @ 2:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Canadian Forces is looking to replenish depleted stocks of long johns at its Counter Terrorism Technology Center in Alberta that can be used during chemical warfare training exercises.
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