Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists looks to 2012 biosecurity changes

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 @ 10:29am by BioPrepWatch Reports

In a special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, experts reflected on 2011 and looked ahead to 2012 for the areas of nuclear weapons, biosecurity, nuclear energy and climate change.
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DTRA issues request for handheld biothreat detector

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 @ 10:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency issued a request on Wednesday for information on the development of a handheld device that could be used by front-line soldiers to identify and characterize biothreats and disease agents.
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Scientists agree to halt H5N1 research for 60 days

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists studying a more transmissible strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus have agreed to halt their research for 60 days out of concern that the virus they created could accidentally escape or be used as a devastating weapon of bioterrorism.
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EU partners with African nations to curb CBRN weapons

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The European Union recently initiated partnerships with several African countries aimed at curtailing the illicit trafficking of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.
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H5N1 scientists halt research

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:39am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists studying the mutation of a potentially more lethal and airborne version of the bird flu virus have ceased their studies bowing to fears that the virus could escape or become a source of bioterrorism.
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Israeli Consulate in Boston shut down after anthrax hoax letter

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:44am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Israeli Consulate in Boston was shut down on Monday for several hours after envelopes were found in the building with the word "anthrax" written on them.
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HHS enters contract for novel biowarfare antibiotic

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 @ 11:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently entered a contract with CUBRC, Inc., to aid in the development of a novel antibiotic to be used to treat the effects of biological warfare agents such as anthrax and plague.
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Fouchier decries weaponized H5N1 moratorium

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 @ 11:30am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Ron Fouchier, the influenza researcher at the head of team that created an H5N1 avian influenza strain transmissible in humans, recently decried the controversy surrounding his work, including his decision to support a two month moratorium on similar research.
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Powder sent to Israeli Consulate in Boston not anthrax

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 @ 10:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Preliminary testing on a suspicious powder found outside of an Israeli Consulate building in Boston has come up negative for hazardous substances, including anthrax.
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U.S. assumes leadership of G8's non-proliferation bodies

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 @ 11:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

As the head of the G8 in 2012, the United States has assumed leadership of the organization's three non-proliferation bodies.
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U.S. health and law expert supports weaponized H5N1 moratorium

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 @ 11:17am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A U.S. public health and law expert recently explained his support for the voluntary moratorium on research into a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 influenza.
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Kazatchkine steps down as Global Fund head

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 @ 7:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced an abrupt resignation on Tuesday as part of a major shakeup in the fund's top management due to alleged corruption and misspending.
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Idaho Technology, Inc. delivers biothreat detection kits to U.S. military

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 @ 10:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Idaho Technology, Inc., a privately held Salt Lake City-based biotechnology company, announced on Wednesday that it has delivered the first shipment of a biothreat detection kit to the Critical Reagents Program.
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Lab-engineered H5N1 not fatal, lead scientist says

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to the lead scientist of the lab-engineered airborne strain of avian flu in Wisconsin, the strain is not lethal and can be defeated with existing medicines.
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Deseret Chemical Depot eliminates last of its weapons stockpile

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Army's Deseret Chemical depot recently eliminated the last of its stockpile of mustard agent-filled projectiles.
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Inquiry into Basson set to resume this week

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 @ 11:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An inquiry into to the conduct of Dr. Wouter Basson, the head of South Africa's apartheid-era biological weapons program, is set to resume this week in Pretoria, South Africa.
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Students receives anthrax scare from textbook

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 @ 10:38am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A student at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, ordered a textbook for a class on terrorism from Amazon.com and received a scare when a bag containing a white substance fell out.
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English hospital put on full alert during anthrax panic

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 @ 10:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The medical staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in South Yorkshire, England, were put on full alert after an anthrax panic on Sunday.
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Congresswoman Jenkins asks Obama for lab support

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 @ 11:39am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for his continued support of plans to build a major biosafety level-4 animal disease research facility near Manhattan, Kansas.
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Pakistan delays approving bioweapons bill

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 @ 11:46am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Pakistan recently delayed the approval of a bill designed to implement the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention after lawmakers questioned several of its clauses.
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