Department of Defense warns of "next big thing" in bioterrorism

Friday, Jun 1, 2012 @ 10:04am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Defense's Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter warned a group of experts this week that the department is already monitoring scientists over fears of the "next big thing" in terror.
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House passes the Weapons of Mass Destruction Intelligence and Information Sharing Act

Friday, Jun 1, 2012 @ 10:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The House of Representatives passed HR 2764, or the Weapons of Mass Destruction Intelligence and Information Sharing Act, this week.
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WHO to hold meeting on dual use research

Friday, Jun 1, 2012 @ 10:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The WHO plans to hold a meeting in the late fall to discuss dual use research issues that surfaced following the announcement of lab-modified H5N1 viruses with increased transmissibility.
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Missouri county to test drive through antibiotics distribution

Friday, Jun 1, 2012 @ 10:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

On June 28, disaster experts in St. Charles County, Missouri, plan to test a drive-through method of distributing antibiotics in the event of a large-scale biological attack.
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Fugitive from 1995 subway terrorist attack in Tokyo arrested

Monday, Jun 4, 2012 @ 10:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Naoko Kikuchi, a member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, was arrested on Sunday after 17 years on the run for her connection to the group's 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.
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Poland chooses Berlin Technologies camera for chemical surveillance

Monday, Jun 4, 2012 @ 10:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Berlin Technologies, a defense and security company, announced on Thursday that Poland has chosen to use the company's Second-Sight cameras to monitor and detect biological and chemical threats during the European Nations Championship 2012.
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Florida emergency workers teach bioprep to young students

Monday, Jun 4, 2012 @ 11:04am by BioPrepWatch Reports

First responders from Hernando County, Florida, recently taught students about bioterrorism, emergency response and weapons of mass destruction during a two day event held at a local elementary school.
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Veterinary medicine risks preparing next generation for biothreats

Monday, Jun 4, 2012 @ 11:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new report warns that the academic veterinary community risks failing to prepare the next generation of veterinarians for research positions in state diagnostic laboratories, regulatory agencies, and the biologics and pharmaceutical industry.
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Pentagon wants to compress biotech research cycle

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 @ 10:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Pentagon has awarded $17.8 million in grants in an effort to significantly reduce the time and cost necessary to engineer new biologically manufactured products.
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Emergent BioSolutions secures BARDA funding for BioThrax PEP indication

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Monday that it has secured funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to conduct a study for supporting a Post-Exposure Prophylaxis indication for BioThrax.
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NBAF construction remains stalled

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 @ 11:11am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Safety and budget concerns continue to stall a proposed U.S. government facility to fight animal diseases, including those that could be spread by terrorists.
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Court orders pharmaceutical companies to share smallpox drug profits

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 @ 11:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Siga Technologies and PharmAthene were ordered by a court to share in the windfall from a major government contract this week but are still disputing the terms of the payout.
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CBRN disaster simulation held in Illinois

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 @ 10:40am by BioPrepWatch Reports

More than 200 people from businesses in Cook and Lake counties in Illinois, in addition to state, federal and local jurisdictions, took part in a full-scale disaster exercise on Saturday in Lake Forest.
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UMD scientists create graphene detector for chemical weapons

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists at the University of Maryland's Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials have created a sensitive infrared light detector that can be used in applications ranging from airport body scanners to chemical weapons detection.
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Zimbabwean villagers attempt to acquire anthrax vaccine

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 @ 11:00am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of villagers from western Zimbabwe have reportedly started an effort to acquire preventative vaccines against anthrax infection for livestock.
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Inmate pleads guilty to mailing anthrax threat

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 @ 11:29am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An inmate held at a federal prison near Terre Haute, Indiana, was recently sentenced to more than nine years for mailing an anthrax hoax and a death threat to a federal judge.
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Maritime CBRN conference scheduled for September

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 @ 10:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The SMi Group has scheduled its CBRN in the Maritime Environment conference for September 26-27 in London in response to concerns at seaports over access to the best threat prevention solutions for terrorist attacks.
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Suspicious packages sent to Quebec politicians

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 @ 10:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The anti-terrorist squad of the Quebec provincial police is looking into approximately two dozen suspicious parcels sent to high-profile politicians in the province that contained harmless white powder.
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White powder threat at Louisiana medical clinic

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 @ 11:13am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A small medical clinic in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, was recently evacuated after an employee found a threatening note warning that the clinic had been contaminated by anthrax.
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Study reveals protein structure of infectious disease pathogens

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 @ 11:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new study recently mapped the protein structures of thousands of infectious disease organisms.
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