Kansas agriculture secretary blames KBA board for audit issues

Monday, Jan 30, 2012 @ 10:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman said on Thursday that the board of directors of the Kansas Bioscience Authority should share some of the blame for issues unveiled in an audit.
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Kawaoka says mutant H5N1 not lethal

Monday, Jan 30, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of a controversial mutant H5N1 study, said that there are key differences between his study and another controversial study in the Netherlands.
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National Defense Authorization Act lowers biodefense program spending levels

Monday, Jan 30, 2012 @ 10:53am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Defense Authorization Act, recently signed into law by President Barack Obama, set lower spending levels and reflected delays in several biodefense programs.
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South African court rejects Basson's discharge application

Monday, Jan 30, 2012 @ 11:12am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A South African court rejected an application for a discharge on four charges of professional misconduct submitted by Dr. Walter Basson, a leader of the nation's apartheid-era biological weapons program.
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U.K. man jailed for ricin making documents

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 @ 10:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A man from Bolton, Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom has been jailed for keeping information on making deadly ricin and documents about how to make bombs on a computer memory stick.
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Tauscher to resign as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Ellen Tauscher will formally resign as the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security in February after a successful battle with esophageal cancer.
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Documents question Justice Dept.'s handinling of Amerithrax case

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 @ 11:34am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Documents in the files of a recently settled Florida lawsuit detail how severely the U.S. Justice Department contradicted its own conclusions in its investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks.
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Anthrax hoax letter sent to Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 @ 11:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An explosives unit was recently dispatched to the downtown Phoenix offices of controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after the discovery of a suspicious envelope containing a white powdery substance.
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Al-Qaida thought to be on the decline

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 @ 9:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to an annual report to Congress on Tuesday, al-Qaida is in decline around the world while the U.S. faces various interconnected threats, including criminals, terrorists and foreign powers.
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NanoRETE formed to create nanoparticle-based biosensors

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 @ 10:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The biotechnology firm nanoRETE has been created in an effort to design and market nanoparticle-based handheld biosensors to detect multiple threats, including anthrax, tuberculosis, E. coli and salmonella.
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Computers used to find safer bioagent decontaminating methods

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 @ 11:36am by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. researchers are using computer programs to find new, and substantially safer, means of decontaminating deadly chemical and biological agents.
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Clapper warns of lone wolf attack

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 @ 11:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A top U.S. intelligence official recently warned Congress that Iran is now more willing to attack the United States and American interests abroad, but said questioned if any terrorist attack on U.S. soil would make use of chemical, biological or radiological weapons.
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NSABB speaks out on weaponized H5N1 flap

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 @ 10:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The core of the U.S. biosecurity advisory board's unease about two unpublished, controversial H5N1 virus studies is that they have demonstrated how to remove the natural barrier preventing viruses from spreading efficiently in mammals.
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Anthrax sent to Pakistani prime minister

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 @ 10:43am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A university professor allegedly sent an anthrax-containing packet to Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's office in October, a spokesman for the prime minister recently revealed.
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Department of Defense to increase biothreat preparedness spending

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 @ 11:16am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Defense will increase spending to combat the threat of biological weapons, such as the toxin ricin, in the wake of an assessment that a terror group might conduct a "limited" attack on U.S. soil within the next year.
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Lockheed Martin awarded contract to move USAMRIID

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 @ 11:35am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Army recently confirmed that Lockheed Martin was awarded a six year, $66 million contract to assist in moving the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases into new laboratory space at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
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Illinois partnership aims to stop the threat of agro-terrorism

Friday, Feb 3, 2012 @ 10:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An Illinois partnership between agriculture organizations and law enforcement agencies hopes to protect Illinois food systems, farms and consumers from the threats of agro-terrorism.
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Counter-terrorism labs used to identify synthetic drugs

Friday, Feb 3, 2012 @ 10:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Counter-terorrism labs meant to fight bioterrorism like the Arkansas Department of Health have instead started to help police identify a synthetic drug that produces a marijuana-like high and has sent hundreds to the hospital.
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Japan to develop hazardous substances warning system

Friday, Feb 3, 2012 @ 11:01am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Japan's Ministry of Defense is contemplating the development of a system that can predict the spread of hazardous substances that could be released into the environment by terrorists or as the result of a natural disaster.
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Pakistani police can't explain failures in anthrax probe

Friday, Feb 3, 2012 @ 11:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Pakistani police recently announced that they are currently conducting an investigation into a package containing anthrax sent to the office of the prime minister in the capital Islamabad.
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