California county considers shutting down public health lab

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 @ 10:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Officials in Marin County, California, have proposed shutting down the county's public health laboratory, which is used to test for anthrax and other bioterrorism agents, as an attempt to cut costs.
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Cancer drugs shown to stop Ebola virus from spreading

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to research from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute's biosafety level-4 lab, two off-the-shelf cancer drugs stopped the Ebola virus from reproducing in a test tube.
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Biosecurity experts asked to review recommendation to not publish H5N1 studies

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 @ 11:08am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A panel of U.S. biosecurity experts has been asked to review its previous recommendation that the results of two controversial bird flu studies should not be fully published.
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Budget cuts to CDC reduce funding for bioterrorism preparedness

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 @ 11:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A budget cut in congressional funding for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be signaling financial trouble for the public health agency, including a reduction in funding for countermeasures against bioterrorism.
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Emergent BioSolutions's Shofe says that bioterrorism remains a threat

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 @ 3:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Allen Shofe, the senior vice president of corporate affairs at Emergent Biosolutions, Inc., made a presentation on Thursday entitled "Bio-Terrorism - The US Experience" at the CBRNE Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore.
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Skin vaccinations may provide greater bioweapon protection

Friday, Mar 2, 2012 @ 11:01am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a paper published this week in the journal Nature, the most important aspect of the human immune system may be located in skin cells, making skin vaccination more effective than traditional muscle vaccination in the fight against bioweapons.
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More government research into synthetic biology needed, government says

Friday, Mar 2, 2012 @ 11:13am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to experts in synthetic biology, $20 million to $30 million in government research is needed over the next decade to identify and assess potential ecological risks of synthetic biology.
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Louisiana simulates anthrax attack

Friday, Mar 2, 2012 @ 11:36am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ran a three day drill this week in cities throughout the state to test the state's public health response to distributing life-saving medication during an emergency.
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John Bolton warns Castro could develop bioweapons

Friday, Mar 2, 2012 @ 11:46am by BioPrepWatch Reports

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., warned on Thursday that the alliance between the Castro regime, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez could lead to the development of biological weapons.
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Bavarian Nordic submit authorization application to EU for smallpox vaccine

Monday, Mar 5, 2012 @ 10:18am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Bavarian Nordic A/S, a vaccine-focused biotechnology company, announced on Thursday that it has submitted a marketing authorization application to the European Medicines Agency for IMVAMUNER, its third-generation smallpox vaccine.
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South Korea releases bioterrorism response guidelines

Monday, Mar 5, 2012 @ 10:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a ruling party lawmaker, the defense ministry of South Korea has dispensed guidelines for responding to alleged bioterrorism threats posed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
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U.N. concerned that Syria could have chemical weapons

Monday, Mar 5, 2012 @ 11:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, and Ahmet uzumcu, the director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, have warned that Syria may have chemical weapons.
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Containment lab at Fort Detrick put on hold

Monday, Mar 5, 2012 @ 11:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a spokesperson for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, the construction of a high-level containment laboratory at Fort Detrick near Fredericksburg, Maryland, has been put on hold.
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H5N1 virus deadlier than wild H5N1, expert warns

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 @ 9:29am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to Debora MacKenzie, a consultant with New Scientist, despite new information by scientist Ron Fouchier about an experiment involving H5N1 bird flu, the virus is still deadlier than wild H5N1.
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Study on Fort Detrick groundwater contamination was flawed, new study concludes

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a national scientific panel, a federal study conducted in 2009 that concluded that the groundwater contamination from Fort Detrick was not likely to have harmful health effects was flawed.
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Department of Homeland Security revises Kansas biosafety lab assessment

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 @ 10:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revised an assessment of the proposed high-level animal biosafety lab in Kansas, dramatically lowering the assessed likelihood that Foot and Mouth Disease would escape.
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Sensenbrenner joins the H5N1 fray

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 @ 11:34am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A senior U.S. lawmaker has publicly joined the debate over two controversial studies that demonstrated the process of altering the H5N1 avian influenza transmissible between mammals.
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African farmers fighting for biosecurity

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 @ 9:46am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Smallholder farmers in Africa and other developing nations have been battling disease control for animal and plant safety with approximately $575 million lost in annual export revenue due to diseases like foot and mouth, which also pose threats as bioweapons.
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Powder incidents reported at three N.Y. locations

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 @ 10:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The New York Police responded to three suspicious powder incidents over the course of 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday, including incidents at the Guggenheim Museum, P.S. 290 Manhattan New School and the Neue Galerie.
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Amateur biologists raise concern in the wake of H5N1 studies

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 @ 10:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new concern rising in the wake of the controversial H5N1 bird flu virus studies is amateur scientists in the do-it-yourself biology movement recreating a mutated virus and raising the risk of accidental release.
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