U.S. struggling to compete in biotechnology funding

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

At a congressional hearing over the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the NIH, concerns were raised about America's ability to compete with other countries in the biotechnology arena.
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Bavarian Nordic may seek government aid for anthrax vaccine development

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:02am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Danish pharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic A/S may seek government funding to develop its vaccine against anthrax.
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Minnesota mail carrier to test anthrax antibiotic delivery program

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Mail carriers in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, will deliver empty pill bottles to approximately 35,000 homes on May 6 to test a program that would deliver antibiotics in the event of an anthrax attack.
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Native American remedy could hold key to fighting smallpox

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Native American remedy thought to have been used to treat smallpox victims in the late 19th century was recently rediscovered and found to be effective in killing the poxvirus.
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Indonesian man faces seven years in prison over ricin plot

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 @ 11:59am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Indonesian prosecutors recently announced that a man accused of plotting to poison police officers with ricin faces seven years in jail.
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Inmate to plead guilty to anthrax hoax letters

Friday, Mar 23, 2012 @ 10:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A former inmate at a federal prison near Terre Haute, Indiana, will plead guilty to mailing a death threat and anthrax hoax to a federal judge in 2009.
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Army halts plans for new biodefense lab at Fort Detrick

Friday, Mar 23, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Army has scrapped plans to construct a high-security animal research laboratory that would have helped speed biodefense drug and vaccine approval for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at Fort Detrick.
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Biothreat detector utilizes firefly-based enzymes

Friday, Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists from the U.K. recently developed a foodborne pathogen detection system that uses Firefly luciferase, the enzyme that causes firefly abdomens to light up.
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Debate continues on Kansas biolab

Friday, Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation said this week that the nation would benefit from a new animal disease testing center planned for the state, but the debate over funding for the facility continues.
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Authorities feared anthrax in Kim Kardashian flour bomb

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 @ 10:40am by BioPrepWatch Reports

After a reality television star was hit with a flour bomb during a perfume event last week, authorities were called in to make sure the white powder was not anthrax.
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Department of Homeland Security struggling with funding issues

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 @ 10:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is struggling financially with the need for new facilities and the need to continue to fund its critical missions.
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Anthrax fears halt construction of British housing development

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Anthrax fears helped to end a plan to build 80 new homes on an undeveloped parcel of land in Shavington, United Kingdom.
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Legal scholar says biosecurity should spur need for individual healthcare mandate

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:27am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Columbia University legal scholar Phillip Bobbitt recently wrote an article arguing that it could be shown that Congress could have concluded that the individual mandate for healthcare would be justified by the need for biosecurity.
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Basson says South African bioweapon program aimed to save lives

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:02am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Wouter Basson, a cardiologist who is currently facing four charges of unethical and unprofessional conduct, testified on Monday that his involvement in South African chemical and biological warfare programs was aimed at saving lives.
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Married researchers bolstering army's biothreat detection program

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:17am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A married couple, both of whom are U.S. Army research biologists, is working to bolster the ability of soldiers to identify, detect and protect against potentially deadly biological threat agents.
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Central Wyoming College simulates anthrax attack

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:03am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A simulated emergency anthrax response drill was recently staged at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming, in order to test the community's mass inoculation system.
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Experts discuss security gaps surrounding 2001 anthrax attacks

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A panel of experts on the 2001 anthrax mailings recently met at the University of Virginia this week to speak about the number of security gaps the attacks revealed and the errors in the ensuing investigation.
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Anthrax scare hits San Jose post office

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 @ 10:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergency personnel responding to a package on Tuesday covered in white powder at the Saint James Park Post Office in San Jose, California, have confirmed that the substance was not anthrax.
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Three farm workers die of anthrax in Namibia

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 @ 10:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Three farm workers from Farm Kroonster 448 in Namibia's Omaheke Region died from an anthrax-related illness in the Gobabis State Hospital last week.
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Transmissible H5N1 studies expected to resume

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 @ 11:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The lead researcher of a controversial study that created a form of H5N1 avian flu that is transmissible in humans recently announced that he hopes scientists can resume their work in the coming weeks.
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