Dutch government approves Fouchier's H5N1 study publication

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 10:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dutch government officials have approved an export license for Ron Fouchier, allowing the virologist to submit his controversial H5N1 transmissibility paper to the journal Science.
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U.K. terrorism reinsurer has $7 billion in coverage for Olympic Games

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 10:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Pool Re, a state-backed British reinsurer, has $7.327 billion worth of assets to cover the Olympic Games and will not increase premiums for the event.
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FDA approves Levaquin for use against pneumonic plague

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 11:46am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of the antibiotic Levaquin against pneumonic plague in the event of a bioterrorist attack.
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U.S. urges Nigeria to pass biosafety laws

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 11:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of State recently announced that it would not aid the development of a biotechnology sector in Nigeria until the country adopts an appropriate legal framework.
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BARDA extends contract with Pfenex for development of anthrax vaccine

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 @ 10:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Pfenex, Inc., a protein production company, announced on Tuesday that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has exercised an option to extend its contract with Pfenex to develop a recombinant protective antigen from anthrax.
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MBTA will run summer tests for bioterrorism in subway tunnels

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 @ 10:34am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security plan to run bioterrorism tests on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority by releasing live bacteria into local subway tunnels this summer.
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U.K. Army base evacuated after servicemen fall ill

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

It was recently revealed that the headquarters of the British Army Land Forces in Andover, United Kingdom, were evacuated in late March over fears of a biological attack after four staff members collapsed from a mysterious illness.
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Sweden's armed forces ill-prepared for CBRN attack

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 @ 11:30am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Swedish defense experts fear the Nordic nation's military remains unprepared for an attack using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.
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Al-Awlaki posthumously calls for U.S. attacks

Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 11:18am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a September drone attack in Yemen, was featured in al-Qaeda's English language magazine advising followers to launch attacks against Western countries.
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Fauci recommends extended moratorium on risky research

Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 11:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recommended this week that researchers take part in an extended moratorium on dual-use research like the recent H5N1 transmissibility studies.
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NIH working on guidance for compliance with DURC policy

Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 11:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Officials with the federal government are preparing guidance to aid local laboratories in implementing the new policy on the oversight of life-sciences dual-use research of concern.
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Important week for fate of NBAF

Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 11:59am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A panel of National Academy of Sciences members will hear expert testimony throughout the week on the subject of Kansas' under construction National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
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Japan orders NBC detection systems from Lockheed Martin

Friday, May 4, 2012 @ 10:03am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Japan Ministry of Defense has ordered 19 AbleSentry systems from the Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin to provide early warning and detection of potential nuclear, biological or chemical attacks.
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Minn. exercise will measure anthrax response time by USPS

Friday, May 4, 2012 @ 10:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A bioterrorism simulation scheduled for Sunday will take place in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, area to determine how quickly the United States Postal Service can respond to an anthrax attack.
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U.S. looks for university input on new DURC reviews

Friday, May 4, 2012 @ 10:38am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. federal government will soon request that university officials comment on how to most effectively implement the newly released dual use research policy at the university level.
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Profectus BioSciences receives grant for Ebola and Marburg vaccine

Friday, May 4, 2012 @ 10:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Profectus BioSciences, a therapeutic and vaccine development company, and the Galveston National Laboratory have received a five year, $5.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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One H5N1 paper published while other is approved

Monday, May 7, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The first of two controversial H5N1 avian influenza transmissibility studies has been published while the other has been given the go-ahead by the Dutch government and will likely be published soon.
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Canadian pork producers exceed expectations in biosecurity training program

Monday, May 7, 2012 @ 11:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Pork producers in Canada's Manitoba province have exceeded expectations in their participation in the recent National Biosecurity Training Program, according to the Canadian Swine Health Board's biosecurity coordinator for the province.
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U.K. Army official warns of poison-carrying terrorist drones

Monday, May 7, 2012 @ 11:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A senior Army officer attempted to justify a plan to place missiles on London apartment rooftops during the Olympics on Friday by warning of possible terrorist plans to use unmanned drones carrying deadly poison.
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Uprising in Syria raises fear of chemical weapons control

Monday, May 7, 2012 @ 11:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

As the uprising in Syria continues to wrest control of the country away from Bashar al-Assad, the nations of the world are concerned about who will gain control of a secret stockpile of chemical weapons.
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