Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

Aug 29, 2014

News Scan for Aug 29, 2014

US lab biosecurity review
Bioterror laptop found
Microbes in homes
Aug 27, 2014

News Scan for Aug 27, 2014

Pause for US labs
Ebola guidance for first responders
USAID Ebola funding
Chikungunya in US
Dengue in Japan
Aug 15, 2014

CDC probe of H5N1 cross-contamination reveals protocol lapses, reporting delays

In its report on flu sample cross-contamination today, the CDC detailed departures from best practices and reporting delays.

Aug 05, 2014

Experts urge gain-of-function sides to seek common ground

Two leading experts urge both sides in the debate to keep an open mind and to set up a conference.

Jul 31, 2014

More voices call for action on lab biosafety

Journal editors call for specific steps, while the ASM said it wants the NAS to weigh the risks and benefits.

Jul 24, 2014

News Scan for Jul 24, 2014

CDC lab biosafety update
GM mosquitoes to fight dengue
GSK's malaria vaccine
Cholera vaccination in Haiti
Global hepatitis progress
Jul 22, 2014

Flu Scan for Jul 22, 2014

H5N1 sample contamination
Topical flu vaccine boost
Jul 16, 2014

Congress probes lapses at high-containment labs

The hearing revealed systemic problems and worries about the safety culture of lab workers.

Jul 16, 2014

NSABB chief says board's idling due to slow fed policy work

The NSABB chair says delays in developing a DURC policy have been to blame.

Jul 15, 2014

Wholesale roster change coming for US biosecurity board

Almost half of the board's voting members learned they will soon be replaced.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

GAO (US Government Accountability Office). High-containment laboratories: recent incidents of biosafety lapses. GAO-14-785T. Jul 16, 2014

Lipkin WI. Biocontainment in gain-of-function infectious disease research. (Commentary) MBio 2012 Oct 9;3(5):e00290-12 

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