Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

Oct 05, 2016

News Scan for Oct 05, 2016

H5N1 in UAE, Nigeria
MERS sample mishandling
US Burkholderia cepacia outbreak
NICU respiratory infections
Sep 22, 2016
Petri dish in lab

GAO finds 11 more breaches at high-security labs

The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.

Aug 04, 2016

News Scan for Aug 04, 2016

Saudi MERS case
New US lab safety head
H5N1 in Nigeria
Monitoring H5N6 in China
Jul 01, 2016
Lab workers

Federal report discloses incidents in high-containment labs

Document from Federal Select Agent Program aims at public transparency on lab work involving potentially dangerous pathogens.

Jun 24, 2016

News Scan for Jun 24, 2016

White House Zika funding threat
Saudi MERS update
Flu vaccine developments
CDC lab incident disclosures
Measles susceptibility estimate
Jun 03, 2016

News Scan for Jun 03, 2016

Saudi MERS case
More CDC lab mishaps
Ebola test for emergency use
Meningitis B vaccination
Jun 01, 2016
Biosafety PPE

NSABB finalizes GOF guidance; White House to weigh in

The group voted unanimously on policy regarding avian flu and other viruses.

Apr 21, 2016
Biosafety lab

GAO: Many US agencies have gaps in lab safety policies

High-containment labs across the US government, including the CDC, have safety gaps, the GAO says.

Apr 15, 2016

News Scan for Apr 15, 2016

Ebola vaccine's future
More US flu deaths
US biodefense coordination
WHO dengue vaccine advice
Carbapenem resistance in Europe
Scope infections
Malaria drug resistance
Jan 08, 2016

Gain-of-function debate focuses on clarity, global perspective

The next step in the deliberations is a 2-day National Academies of Science symposium in March. 

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

DoD Inspector General. Evaluation of DoD biological safety and security implementation. Apr 27, 2016

GAO. High-containment laboratories: improved oversight of dangerous pathogens needed to mitigate risk. GAO-16-642 Sep 21, 2016

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