NIH urged to change system of biomedical research review

Monday, Jan 2, 2012 @ 12:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In an editorial for Bloomberg, the National Institutes of Health are urged to look back to a system for biomedical research review that was recommended eight years ago.
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Tokyo sarin gas attack fugitive apprehended

Monday, Jan 2, 2012 @ 12:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Makoto Hirata, one of three remaining fugitive members of a religious cult in Japan, has surrendered himself to police after 16 years on the run following the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo.
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British healthcare workers vaccinated to prepare for possible 2010 Olympics attack

Monday, Jan 2, 2012 @ 12:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Five hundred health workers have received vaccinations against smallpox, allowing them to deal with potential biological terror attacks at the 2012 Olympics.
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White powder scare in West Virginia office building

Monday, Jan 2, 2012 @ 12:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The discovery of a white powdery substance in an envelope caused a scare on Thursday at a downtown Charleston, West Virginia, office building.
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Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack victim calls for forgiveness

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 @ 6:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Yoshiyuki Kono, a man who lost his wife in the Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attacks in Japan, has forgiven the cult and its members and has visited several of them on death row.
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Clinton warns of dangers of gene assembly technology

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 @ 6:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Hillary Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, warned an international meeting in Geneva of the dangers new gene assembly technology could offer, such as terrorist use for biological weapons.
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Court denies SIGA's motion for re-argument

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 @ 6:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Delaware Court of Chancery denied SIGA Technologies' motion for re-argument that was filed on October 4, upholding the court's original September 22 decision regarding compensation for PharmAthene, Inc.
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Influenza drug could fight ebola

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 @ 6:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Swiss-based biotechnical company Evolva has developed an influenza drug that theoretically also works against Ebola and other potentially fatal viruses.
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White powder sickens three at Florida state attorney's office

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 @ 12:47pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are investigating a suspicious powder found in an envelope on Tuesday that potentially caused three Florida state attorney's office employees to fall ill.
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Sarin attack cult member turned himself in over shame

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 @ 12:48pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Makoto Hirata, a former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult who turned himself into police on Saturday, said that he felt ashamed living life as a fugitive after witnessing scenes of the March 11 earthquake.
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Soligenix receives funding for anthrax vaccine

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 @ 5:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Soligenix, Inc., was recently granted $9.4 million in funding to develop an anthrax vaccine in cooperation with Harvard University.
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Homeland Security highlights achievements in CBRN defense

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 @ 5:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released a report highlighting federal achievements in countering the threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats in 2011.
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Chicago set to open advanced response center

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 @ 11:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation Center for Advanced Emergency Response, is fully equipped for decontamination during a large-scale emergency or bioattack, will open on Friday in the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
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Police ignored sarin gas attacker's attempts to surrender

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 @ 11:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Tokyo police officer originally ignored an attempt by Makato Hirata to surrender himself on Saturday for charges relating to a 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack.
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Newly identified compound could stop smallpox

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 @ 12:07pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists from the Boston University School of Medicine recently identified a compound that stops viruses from replicating.
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Indian army increasing CBRN preparedness

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 @ 12:07pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Indian armed forces recently began outfitting an increasing number of units with chemical, biological and nuclear defense equipment.
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Cangene Corp. to cut 120 jobs

Friday, Jan 6, 2012 @ 12:51pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Cangene Corporation, one of Canada
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Anthrax outbreak in Scotland called worst in 50 years

Friday, Jan 6, 2012 @ 12:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The 2009-2010 anthrax outbreak among drug users in Scotland has been called the largest in the United Kingdom in 50 years.
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U.N. to consider North Korea's attempts to export chemical weapons reagents

Friday, Jan 6, 2012 @ 1:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United Nations will look into allegations that North Korea attempted to export ampules of reagents for chemical weapons to Syria in 2009.
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SIPP International Industries acquires Cell Robotics Imaging Work Station

Friday, Jan 6, 2012 @ 1:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

SIPP International Industries, Inc., a parent company to several divisions in the biotechnology and food industries, announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the cutting-edge Cell Robotics Imaging Work Station.
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