Basson seeks investigation into fake Twitter account

Monday, Apr 2, 2012 @ 9:15am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Wouter Basson has requested that his legal team open an investigation into a fake Twitter account carrying his name.
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Obama administration announces new dual-use bioresearch policy

Monday, Apr 2, 2012 @ 10:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Obama administration announced a new policy to handle the risks of dual-use biological research on Thursday due to the major controversy caused by recent bird flu virus experiments.
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Federal agencies to systematically review federally funded pathogen and toxin studies

Monday, Apr 2, 2012 @ 10:56am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United States government released a new policy on Thursday requiring federal agencies to systematically review the possible risks connected with federally funded studies that involve 15 pathogens and toxins considered potentially dangerous.
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FDA to discuss use of household anthrax medikits

Monday, Apr 2, 2012 @ 11:45am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A joint U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is scheduled to discuss the feasibility of storing antibiotic medikits in homes in case terrorists release anthrax spores in major U.S. cities.
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Block MEMS wins DOD contract for threat detection technology

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 @ 10:29am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Block MEMS, LLC, an engineering and development company for lasers and spectrometers, announced on Monday that it has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense contract for its biological threat detector, the LaserScan Analyzer.
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Emergency workers in Glasgow simulate chemical attack

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 @ 10:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergency workers in Glasgow, Scotland, took part in a simulated chemical attack at the Shields Road underground station as part of a major incident exercise.
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FDA raises concerns over anthrax medikits

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 @ 11:12am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Federal regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently voiced concerns about making anthrax-antidote kits available to 114 million households in the United States.
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PharmAthene secures $7.5 million in senior secured credit facilities

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 @ 2:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

PharmAthene, Inc., has secured $7.5 million in senior secured credit facilities from GE Capital's Healthcare Financial Services.
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Department of Homeland Security's Garza says first response guidelines will be released in "weeks"

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 @ 4:41pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Alexander Garza, the assistant secretary of health affairs and chief medical officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, testified last week before the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications about federal guidelines for first responders in the event of a bioattack.
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Russia reaches 60 percent destruction of chemical weapons

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 @ 10:34am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to Russia's industry and trade ministry, the country has destroyed more than 24,000 metric tons, equivalent to 60 percent, of its stockpile of chemical weapons.
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White powder sent to inmate at Colo. prison

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An envelope containing white powder was found on Monday in an Englewood, Colorado, prison where ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is serving a 14 year sentence.
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White powder threat shuts Iowa capitol building

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 @ 11:04am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Iowa capitol building was recently placed on lockdown after a legislator opened a threatening letter containing a white powder.
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Next-gen BioWatch system falls behind schedule

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 @ 11:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. attempts to create an aerosolized biological agent threat detection system are running behind schedule.
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White power threat in Iowa House not handled properly, experts warn

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 @ 10:01am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to public safety officials and lawmakers, an incident in which white powder spilled from an envelope opened on the floor of the Iowa House was not handled properly.
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Companies team to market explosive ordnance disposal solution

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 @ 10:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two U.S. firms are working together to provide decision-making products and fast analysis for first-responder teams and explosive ordnance disposal.
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Expert: U.S. unprepared for bioterrorism attack

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 @ 11:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recent essay published in Forbes magazine supports the contention that the United States remains woefully unprepared, if not uninterested, in the chances that it will face an attack using biological weapons.
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NSABB reverses stance on H5N1 studies as experts meet in London to discuss

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 @ 11:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A federal advisory board's reversal of its recommendation that two independent H5N1 studies only be published with key details redacted is poised to shift the debate over security needs for potentially dangerous research.
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Missouri, Illinois first responders simulate biological attack

Friday, Apr 6, 2012 @ 10:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

First responders from the St. Louis County Health Department and 17 other departments from Illinois and Missouri participated in a biological attack drill on Thursday.
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Suspect in Congress mail threats pleads not guilty to added charges

Friday, Apr 6, 2012 @ 10:59am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A registered nurse from Portland, Oregon, entered a not guilty plea on Thursday to additional charges relating to more than 100 threatening letters he allegedly mailed to members of Congress in February.
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No consensus reached on keeping potentially dangerous studies from the public

Friday, Apr 6, 2012 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists at a two day meeting recently held in London achieved little consensus concerning whether some potentially dangerous studies should be kept from the public for security reasons.
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