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The core of the U.S. biosecurity advisory board's unease about two unpublished, controversial H5N1 virus studies is that they have demonstrated how to remove the natural barrier preventing viruses from spreading efficiently in mammals.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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National Biodefense Science Board revising government's countermeasures stockpile

Monday, Feb 6, 2012 @ 10:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Biodefense Science Board, a panel that advises the federal government on biodefense issues, has begun work on a revision of the government's strategy to stockpile medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats.
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India prepares to open bio-safety level four lab

Monday, Feb 6, 2012 @ 10:12am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a top ranking official for the Indian Council of Medical Research, the level four bio-safety lab at the National Institute of Virology will be commissioned in a few months.
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New Zealand scientist calls for end to transmissible H5N1 studies

Monday, Feb 6, 2012 @ 11:03am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A New Zealand scientist is calling for permanent restrictions on the research similar to the kind that led to the development of strains of H5N1 bird flu transmissible in humans that could kill half of the world's population.
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Pakistan watching for anthrax mailings

Monday, Feb 6, 2012 @ 11:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Pakistani security forces have been ordered to examine all of the letters and packages sent to the governor and chief minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after a recent foiled anthrax mailing was reported in Islamabad.
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Islamabad City Police request anthrax envelope sent to Pakistani prime minister

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 @ 10:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Islamabad City Police approached the prime minister's secretariat on Thursday requesting that the security staff of the prime minister hand over the parcel containing anthrax that the office received on December 18.
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H5N1 debate rages

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Thursday night New York City debate demonstrated the controversy over H5N1 virus research, with some leading voices on the subject exchanging blunt comments about the risks and benefits of publishing or withholding study details.
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Canada to restrict H5N1 transmissibility studies

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 @ 11:36am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Research on H5N1 avian flu viruses that have been modified to enhance their transmissibility in humans must be conducted with the highest degree of biosecurity, the Public Health Agency of Canada recently announced.
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Anthrax toxicity depends on genetic makeup

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 @ 11:56am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new study recently revealed that the toxicity of anthrax spores in the human body depends, in large part, on a person's genetic makeup.
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