Saddam Hussein discusses chemical weapons attack in 1991 tape

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 @ 10:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recently released tape recording by the CIA has revealed that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein met with his staff to discuss weapons of mass destruction in January 1991.
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Anthrax tip from hoaxer's wife led to arrest

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 @ 10:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Vancouver, Wash., man who allegedly sent letters containing a white powder to Congress members came under FBI scrutiny after his wife told an officer he laced the envelopes with corn starch and celery salt.
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Group calls for more oversight of synthetic biology

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 @ 11:34am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of 111 organizations recently called for more oversight of synthetic biology activities, including the establishment of greater government regulation.
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Silk fibers engineered to fight anthrax

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 @ 11:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new, inexpensive treatment was recently developed to convert ordinary silk fibers into a fabric capable of destroying bacteria, including armor-coated anthrax microbes.
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Researcher inspired by action film for new nerve gas detector

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A former University of Michigan at Ann Arbor researcher has drawn inspiration from the 1996 big-budget movie "The Rock" to create an inexpensive litmus paper-like nerve gas detector.
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Pennsylvania powder scare declared safe

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:17am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Federal and local investigators in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, have determined that an envelope sent to an office building that contained a strange white powder last Friday meant no harm.
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New test can trace nerve agents to their source

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers in the United States have developed a new test that could help track down terrorists by analyzing the chemical traces left by nerve agents.
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California county simulates terrorist attack

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Volunteers in San Mateo County, California, recently helped local first responders conduct an emergency drill that tested the county's ability to distribute medication in the event of a disaster or terrorist attack.
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Virgin Islands simulates anthrax attack response

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 @ 10:07am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A team of police in the Virgin Islands ran a counterterrorism drill on Friday to pursue four fake suspects and contain fake anthrax that they released at the former J. Antonio Jarvis school building.
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CDC: Labs that work with potential bioweapons not required to share info with the public

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 @ 10:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, labs that work with hazardous substances such as Ebola and smallpox do not have to share specific information with the public.
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Reason behind Maine anthrax hoaxes remains a mystery

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 @ 11:26am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Federal authorities have found no motive for why two elementary schools in York, Maine, recently received letters containing a white powder.
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H5N1 studies to be released this summer

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 @ 10:17am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The top influenza official at the World Health Organization hopes that two controversial H5N1 influenza studies will be released by this summer, ending the current publishing limbo of the controversial studies.
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ECBC scientist proposes new methods of detecting bioweapons

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 @ 10:53am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Calvin Chue, a new hire at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, is proposing new ideas to improve the ability of service members to detect chemical and biological threats in the field.
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National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility could cost $1 billion

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 @ 11:06am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently confirmed that the price tag for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility could exceed $1 billion.
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New Zealand's Christchurch Hospital opens PC3 biosafety lab

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 @ 11:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

New Zealand's Christchurch Hospital recently opened a laboratory that will allow scientists to work with and contain infectious diseases.
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NIH research funding a concern for biomedical industry

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 @ 4:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Representatives from the biomedical and biotechnology industries testified before the House Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations on Tuesday in response to the recently proposed NIH budget for fiscal year 2013.
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EPA to present interagency biological response exercise findings

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Biothreat and emergency response experts and researchers with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present the findings of an interagency biological response exercise conducted last year at the Fifth National Bio-Threat Conference next week.
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Positive ID awarded patent for molecular biological diagnostics system

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Positive ID Corporation, a company that develops airborne bio-threat detection systems, announced on Tuesday that it has been awarded a patent for its Dragonfly Rapid MDx Cartridge-based diagnostic system for molecular biological diagnostics.
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Cures may be possible for potential bioweapons, researchers say

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Recent medical advances suggest that cures may be possible for infections hemorrhagic fevers caused by filovirues, including the potential bioweapon Ebola and Marburg viruses.
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Louisville postal carrier to carry antibiotics in the event of bioattack

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:53am by BioPrepWatch Reports

More than 300 postal carriers in Louisville, Kentucky, have volunteered to carry antibiotics to nearby residents in the case of an attack using an airborne biological agent.
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