Mugabe calls typhoid outbreak "biological warfare"

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 @ 10:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has blamed a typhoid fever outbreak that has impacted 1,500 people in the country's capital Harare on biological warfare.
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D.A. Henderson warns U.S. unprepared for bioterror attack

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 @ 10:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An epidemiologist who led the global effort to eradicate smallpox has spoken out against the government's inability to coordinate response plans and preparations in the event of a biological attack or pandemic.
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Israel warns against Syrian bioweapons falling into Hezbollah's hands

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 @ 11:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Israel recently announced that it considers the threat of Syria's weapons of mass destruction falling into the wrong hands to be equal to the threat posed by Iran's nuclear weapons development.
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U.S. to examine how to protect children from bioterror attack

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 @ 11:40am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. administration recently announced its plans to examine how best to protect children from a bioterrorist attack, including the risks and benefits of current methods used to treat exposure to bioterror agents, such as anthrax.
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National Biodefense Science Board initiates plans to update countermeasures

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 @ 12:05pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Biodefense Science Board held its first meeting of 2012 in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, welcoming new members and initiating plans to update its 2007 medical countermeasures report.
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Kansas Gov. Brownback says biodefense lab faces fight

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 @ 10:03am by BioPrepWatch Reports

State legislators in Kansas said on Tuesday that they were surprised by remarks made by Gov. Sam Brownback that Kansas faces "a continuous fight" to attain federal funding for the new Manhattan biodefense lab.
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Soligenix demonstrates thermostabilization success

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 @ 10:13am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Soligenix, Inc., a development stage pharmaceutical company, announced on Monday that it has demonstrated positive results from preclinical studies into its proprietary vaccine thermostabilization technology.
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory allowed to continue operations

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A federal appeals court recently allowed a biological weapons research facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to continue operations, despite its opponents' claims that the government failed to fully consider the possibility of a terrorist attack on the center.
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Paul Keim warns H5N1 research will become accessible

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 @ 11:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The chairman of the U.S. government board that recommended censoring portions of controversial H5N1 avian flu research recently acknowledged that the information would eventually become accessible to those actively seeking it.
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Experts release synthetic biology scorecard

Friday, Feb 10, 2012 @ 9:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A U.S. public-policy think tank recently released a scorecard it plans to use to monitor the federal government's progress on adopting 18 recommendations related to the emerging science of synthetic biology.
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University of Northern Iowa professor fighting anthrax with spore detector system

Friday, Feb 10, 2012 @ 10:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A professor at the University of Northern Iowa and his students are using a spore detector system to determine viruses that will bind to and sometimes kill anthrax spores.
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BBC highlights U.K.'s biopreparedness

Friday, Feb 10, 2012 @ 10:12am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The BBC program "File on 4" reported on Tuesday about the state of biosecurity in the United Kingdom and noted multiple potential leaks, failures in planning and dangerous substances.
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Clean-up of 2011 anthrax attacks cost $320 million

Friday, Feb 10, 2012 @ 11:04am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recently released study concludes that it cost approximately $320 million to decontaminate the buildings affected by the 2001 anthrax attacks.
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Veterans file for class action over weapons testing

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 @ 9:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A petition for class certification was recently filed on behalf of eight individual disabled veterans and two non-profit veteran's organizations that have been involved in a two year court battle with the U.S. military over the secret testing of chemical and biological weapons on soldiers.
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South Korea seeks to increase bioweapon, WMD defense

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 @ 10:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Military officials for the defense ministry of South Korea said on Thursday that the country plans to undergo restructuring in an effort to strengthen the military's defense against cyber warfare and weapons of mass destruction.
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Patent granted for F. tularensis diagnosis method

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A research team from the University at Texas San Antonio was recently granted a U.S. patent for a method to diagnose the presence of Francisella tularensis, the bacteria that causes the disease tularemia.
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PaxVax announces three new officers

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 @ 11:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

PaxVax, a privately held, venture capital-backed biotechnology vaccine company, has hired three new officers.
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Zimbabwe's minister of health and child welfare debunks typhoid-bioterror link

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Henry Madzorera, Zimbabwe's minister of health and child welfare, has dismissed claims made by some officials in the Zanu PF party that the current typhoid outbreak was the result of British biological warfare.
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Nanologix updates its progress on anthrax detection technology

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Nanologix, a biotechnology company, has issued a company update outlining progress the company has made recently in its detection technology that can be used to test for anthrax and pathogenic bacteria.
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Indianapolis man jailed for anthrax threat

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An Indianapolis man was recently taken to Marion County Jail in Marion, Ohio, after threatening to mail a letter to the jail filled with anthrax powder.
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