Decline in U.S. emergency preparedness funding worries experts

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 @ 11:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The continued decline in federal funding for emergency preparedness programs is expected to constrain the United States' ability to respond to a major public emergency.
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Colorado man faces prison over anthrax hoax

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 @ 10:00am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Colorado man faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for lying to federal investigators about mailing threatening letters to tax collectors in the state that contained a white powder.
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Immunovaccine begins collaboration to create next-gen biodefense vaccines

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 @ 10:13am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Immnovaccine Inc., a vaccine development company, announced on Wednesday that it has begun a research collaboration to advance the creation of the next generation of biodefense vaccines against the most dangerous biological agents.
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Brownback scrambling to regroup after 2013 federal budget revealed

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 @ 11:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and the state's legislative leaders are attempting to regroup after the recently released 2013 federal budget failed to include funding for the construction of a new biosecurity lab.
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National Security Council pusing for greater scientific research control

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 @ 11:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. National Security Council is planning to push the federal government towards exerting greater control over scientific research that involves highly lethal diseases and toxins.
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UW-Madison increases biological research oversight

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

While the University of Wisconsin-Madison has increased its once lacking biological research oversight, the university may face additional rules recommended nationally for dual-use experiments.
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PositiveID to debut new biosensor

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A subsidiary of PositiveID Corporation, a medical device and diagnostic developer, announced on Tuesday that it will present its Microfluidics-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector system at a biodefense research meeting in February in Washington D.C.
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Ontario pork producers taking part in biosecurity training program

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 @ 11:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An estimated 40 percent of pork producers in Ontario have completed the first stage of a national biosecurity training program that was launched in mid-2011.
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Englands shadow defense secretary warns of lack of biopreparedness

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 @ 11:56am by BioPrepWatch Reports

England's shadow defense secretary has warned the United Kingdom that the country is unprepared for a bioterror attack.
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Publishing H5N1 in full would add little to knowledge, expert says

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A leading scientific journal recently reported that publishing two controversial avian influenza studies in full would add little to what has already been made available in scientific literature.
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White powder threats sent to Boehner, other members of Congress

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 @ 11:10am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Several members of Congress received threatening letters this week at their home offices containing a suspicious powder.
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Letters threatening biowarfare sent to Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 @ 11:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

New York City-based Comedy Central hosts Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart received letters this week that contained language threatening biological attacks on United States senators.
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NIH to hold meeting on BU's National Emerging Infectious Diseases lab

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 @ 9:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institutes of Health will hold a public meeting on April 19 for the discussion of Boston University Medical Center's new National Emerging Infectious Diseases laboratories.
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Virginia county acquires CBRN response vehicle

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 @ 10:11am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Fire officials in Prince William County, Virginia, have debuted a new 42,740 pound, 33 foot long vehicle known as the Hazmat 506 unit to replace an older, smaller truck.
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More anthrax hoax letters sent to lawmakers

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 @ 11:08am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Several letters filled with suspicious powder were recently sent to more Senate state offices, though the Senate's top law enforcement official said the messages were tested and found to be harmless.
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Researchers discover how botulinum neurotoxin survives in the stomach

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 @ 11:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers recently discovered how the botulinum neurotoxin, a deadly potential bioterror agent, can survive its passage through the hostile environment of the human stomach.
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Block MEMS LLC receives contract for chemical warfare detection system

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 @ 10:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Marlborough, Massachusetts-based Block MEMS LLC announced on Monday that it has garnered an Army Small Business Innovative Research Phase II enhancement contract for its LaserScan analyzer that can detect chemical warfare agents.
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Anthrax hoaxer won't have to pay for substance testing

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A man who sent police in Bettendorf, Iowa, a white powder he claimed was anthrax will not have to cover the state's cost of testing the substance.
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Government evaluating Chemring's detection devices

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. government is currently evaluating chemical detection devices developed by Chemring Detection Systems.
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White powder sent to Florida Girl Scouts council office

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 @ 10:35am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a state laboratory in Florida, a suspicious white powder delivered on Tuesday to the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council office in Jacksonville does not contain any harmful agents.
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