Plum Island pathogen research set to transition to Kansas State

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 @ 1:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The New York-based Plum Island Animal Disease Center is preparing to be phased out by the new Manhattan, Kan.-based National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
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CDC experts call for better lab accident tracking system

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 @ 1:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A panel of disease experts released safety guidelines for workers in medical diagnostic laboratories on Thursday, warning that the nation needs a better system for tracking lab accidents.
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Public Health Agency of Canada building state of the art infectious diseases lab

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 @ 2:04pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Public Health Agency of Canada is transforming a vacant former laboratory building in Winnipeg into a state of the art infectious diseases research laboratory.
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Department of State established Bureau of Counterterrorism

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 @ 2:05pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the establishment of its Bureau of Counterterrorism, a recommendation made in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review completed in 2010.
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Anthrax found in 26 drinking wells in India

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 @ 1:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of students from Palamur University in Andhra Pradesh, India, found deadly anthrax bacteria in the ground water of more than 26 habitations during research for a project.
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California's public health officials prepared in the event of bioterror attack

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 @ 1:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Despite recent research in the Netherlands and Wisconsin that made a contagious version of avian-flu airborne, public health officials in California and the Sacramento area remain prepared and unconcerned.
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Anthrax in Tide urban legend resurfaces

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 @ 3:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An urban legend about the existence of samples of Tide laundry detergent containing anthrax has resurfaced again in internet queries and online forums.
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Anthrax outbreak hits national park in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 @ 3:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

More than 165 animals are believed to have recently died in an ongoing anthrax outbreak in a Zimbabwe national park.
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Israel worried about Syrian chemical weapons

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 @ 9:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Israelis are concerned over the possibility that the arsenal of chemical weapons from Syria will fall into terrorist hands after predictions were made that President Bashar Assad's regime would fall in the next few weeks.
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Woman who shielded Aum Shinrikyo terrorist turns herself in

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 @ 10:50am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Japanese woman who claimed to have lived with a senior member of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo turned herself in and was arrested on Tuesday for helping the fugitive to evade the police.
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Kansas holds bioattack drill

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 @ 11:16am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Johnson County, Kansas, recently held a drill designed to test its ability to dispense medical countermeasures in the event of biological emergency.
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Likelihood of influenza-based biothreat questioned

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The controversy over the U.S. federal government's recent request to restrict the publication of research into H5N1 avian flu has failed to address the likelihood that the virus would be selected as a bioterror agent.
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Officials request biosecurity board review of bird flu research

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 @ 10:44am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Federal officials have requested that a biosecurity board broadly review bird flu transmission research to alleviate public health concerns about a possible pandemic.
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Boston mayor Menino gives tour of BU biolab

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 @ 10:59am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Boston's mayor Thomas M. Menino led a tour of a biolab at Boston University on Tuesday, accompanied by two dozen civil and neighborhood leaders, in an effort to allow them to better understand proposed hazardous research.
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England stockpiling anthrax countermeasures for Olympics

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 @ 11:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

England is currently stockpiling medical countermeasures to cope with a potential bioterror attack during the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
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Group seeks halt to bioweapons research at Lawrence Livermore Lab

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 @ 11:56am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Lawrence Livermore Laboratory watchdog group recently asked a federal court to order a halt to biological weapons research until its danger to nearby residents is further analyzed.
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USARMIID study uses anthrax capsule to protect against attack

Friday, Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:13am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A study using the capsule of the disease-causing anthrax bacterium protected monkeys from deadly infection, which represents the first successful use of non-toxin vaccine to protect monkeys from the disease.
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UW professor says bird flu research is safe

Friday, Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The professor who oversees the University of Wisconsin-Madison's biosafety for its controversial bird flu research responded on Monday to the growing criticism about the necessity and safety of the research.
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Garrett calls regulations for synthetic biology weak

Friday, Jan 13, 2012 @ 12:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A global health expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning author recently called the international regulations governing synthetic biology weak and inconsistent.
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The Philippines may hold regional Biological Weapons Convention

Friday, Jan 13, 2012 @ 12:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Philippines may hold a regional Biological Weapons Convention later this year following the Seventh Review Conference of the BWC held in Geneva in December.
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