NSABB calls for international biosecurity guidelines

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 @ 11:27am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The top U.S. government biosecurity committee recently called for the development of international guidelines to guide research on dangerous flu strains.
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H5N1 scientist says he will defy Dutch laws to publish research if needed

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 @ 11:38am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The lead researcher of a scientific team that created a strain of H5N1 avian influenza transmissible in ferrets recently announced that he is prepared to defy Dutch laws that have prevented him from submitting his work for publication.
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Fla. man charged with mailing powder and threats

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Miami Gardens, Florida, man charged with mailing threatening letters that contained powder to the Broward County Courthouse and the Broward Sheriff's office was ordered held without bail on Friday.
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Naturally occurring enzyme could fight nerve gas attacks

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Israeli scientists have found a way to amplify the protective effect of a natural detoxification enzyme made in the liver to be used to counter nerve gas attacks by terrorists.
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Drexel researchers propose formula on bioweapon decontamination risk

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:43am by BioPrepWatch Reports

New research aims to increase the efficiency of the decontamination process in buildings affected by the release of a bioterror agent.
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HGS rejects GSK takeover offer, eventual sale considered likely

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Human Genome Sciences recently rejected a $2.6 billion takeover bid by biopharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.
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Anthrax outbreak kills two in Ghana

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:12am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An anthrax outbreak in the Upper East region of Ghana has led to two deaths after the victims consumed a dead animal that may have been infected with the deadly disease.
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Suspicious package in Houston found to be harmless

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Hazmat officers in Houston's Kingwood neighborhood have determined that a white powdery substance delivered to an area woman in a padded envelope on Friday was inert.
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Minneapolis-St. Paul to conduct large scale MCM distribution test

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:43am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Approximately 40,000 Minneapolis-St. Paul residents are scheduled to receive an empty pill bottle in their mailboxes on May 6 as part of a test of the area's bioterrorism emergency antibiotic distribution system.
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House conflict could threaten NBAF funding

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recent split between Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may threaten funding for the National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility that is planned for Manhattan, Kansas.
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Anthrax vaccines sent to Ghana's Upper East region

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

After an anthrax outbreak killed two people in the Upper East region of Ghana, the Upper East Regional Health Service received approximately 3,400 vaccinations to administer to animals.
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Anthrax threat sent to French embassy in Jakarta

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:01am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The French embassy in Jakarta was recently placed on alert after receiving a suspicious package.
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Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., plans Michigan expansion

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., the makers of the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved anthrax vaccine, recently announced plans for a major upgrade to its operations in Lansing, Michigan.
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Counter Terror Expo 2012 returns to London

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Counter Terror Expo 2012, a premier event for private and public sector professionals who ensure effective responses against terrorism threats, returns for its fourth year on Wednesday and Thursday at the London Olympia.
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Rising price of NBAF further weighs down possibility of project

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

With an estimated rise in the price of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility on the Kansas State University campus to $1.14 billion, officials are uncertain if the project will ever be completed.
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Kuala Lumpur bioweapons legislation moves forward

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Malaysian officials recently announced that they will be prepared to submit a major bill regulating potential bioweapons research to the Attorney General's Chambers by the end of the year.
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Three companies in pursuit of Ebola vaccine

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Ebola virus is one of the most dangerous and feared pathogens on the planet for which there is no effective treatment, but at least three companies are poised to make significant developments towards one in the near future.
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Shea: Technologies for counterterrorism must not be forgotten

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Jamie Shea, the deputy assistant secretary of NATO, said on Wednesday that governments need to make sure that they do not lose the anti-terrorism technologies created during military deployments in Afghanistan.
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Senate committee holds hearing on dual-use research and bioterrorism

Friday, Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:13am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on Thursday on the subject of dual-use research amid the growing concern that such research could be used for the purposes of bioterrorism.
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Anthrax threat closes city building in Western Australia

Friday, Apr 27, 2012 @ 11:29am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dozens of workers were recently evacuated from a city administration building in Albany, Australia, following an anthrax threat.
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