Promising anthrax drugs in the pipeline

Monday, Aug 16, 2010 @ 3:01pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Several biotech companies are working on a promising new set of drugs to protect the human body from the ravages of anthrax, one of the more feared potential weapons of bioterrorism.
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Mass. co. receives anthrax hoax letters

Monday, Aug 16, 2010 @ 3:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Raytheon last week joined a growing list of companies to receive threatening envelopes in the mail that contained a suspicious white powder and a note mentioning the terror group Al-Qaeda.
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Reward offered in hunt for Texas anthrax hoax mailer

Monday, Aug 16, 2010 @ 5:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United States Postal Inspection Service, in conjunction with the FBI, has offered a $100,000 reward to aid in solving the mystery behind a string of white powder-filled letters mailed across north Texas.
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Senator Lindsey Graham receives powder-filled letter

Monday, Aug 16, 2010 @ 5:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

White powder found in a letter received by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham's office is currently being tested by state officials.
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Flir Systems acquires ICx Technologies

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 @ 1:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Flir Systems, Inc., makers of thermal imaging technology, announced on August 16, that they are acquiring ICx Technologies, Inc., the makers of chemical and biological detectors, for a total of $274 million.
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Texas anthrax hoax letters rise to 30

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 @ 1:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Whoever sent 30 letters containing a cryptic message and suspicious white powder to churches, mosques and businesses in three states since August 5 is believed to be the same person or persons who sent white powder to government buildings in 2008.
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Fort Detrick to open drug and vaccine testing facility

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 @ 4:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new Medical Countermeasure Test and Evaluation Facility at Fort Detrick in Maryland will allow researchers to test new drugs and vaccines for military and civilian purposes.
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Rice University researchers developing genomic test for lab pathogens

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 @ 4:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers at Rice University have been given federal support in their development of a genomic test that can quickly determine if a disease outbreak is the result of pathogens grown in a lab by terrorists.
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Col. Vance Visser takes command of chemical, biological school

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 @ 1:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Col. Vance Visser, a 26-year veteran with degrees in biology and chemistry from Vanderbilt University, took command of the Army
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Anthrax scare in Spokane causes legal furor

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 @ 1:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An anthrax scare that closed the Spokane, Wash., City Hall may have caused a city council meeting being held there to be illegal under state law.
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Tobacco leaves could hold key to rapid bioterror vaccines

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 @ 2:33pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Officials with a Canadian biotech firm recently announced they will be setting up a manufacturing plant to incubate flu vaccines in tobacco leaves in a process that could aid in fighting bioterrorism.
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Smiths Detection awarded R.I. port chemical threat detection contract

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 @ 2:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Officials with Smiths Detection recently announced that the company was awarded a contract to use its FirstView chemical threat detection and video management system at Port Of Providence, R.I.
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CIA to open counterproliferation center

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010 @ 1:48pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Central Intelligence Agency will open a new counterproliferation center that will spearhead the agency
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HHS set to release report on counter bioterrorism strategy

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010 @ 1:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to release a report this week that deals with the agency
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Israel begins building CBRN shelters

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010 @ 3:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Officials with the Israel Defense Home Front Command are mapping out locations in large cities for huge bomb shelters, which will house civilians in the event of chemical or biological military strikes.
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Powder filled envelope delivered to Penn. home

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010 @ 3:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Officials with the FBI said that they are investigating a suspicious package delivered to a Blue Mountain Lake Estates home in Stroud Township, Penn.
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Anthrax outbreak reported in Bangladesh

Friday, Aug 20, 2010 @ 2:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

At least 26 people, including two children, in a Bangladeshi village have contracted anthrax after eating beef or coming into close proximity with livestock.
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U.S. Postal Service tests bioterror response

Friday, Aug 20, 2010 @ 2:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Postal employees in Lansing, Michigan, conducted decontamination drills on August 18, simulating their response to a bioterror attack using anthrax.
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New report calls for increase in government aid for countermeasures

Friday, Aug 20, 2010 @ 3:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A newly released U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report outlines several areas where medical countermeasures for bioterror are lacking and recommends new approaches.
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MBTA studies potential pathogen flow in subways

Friday, Aug 20, 2010 @ 3:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Officials with Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway system announced that Boston commuters may notice scientific equipment and researchers with testing equipment as studies of the system
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