Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

Nov 23, 2015

News Scan for Nov 23, 2015

BioWatch capabilities
Flu vaccine protection
More chikungunya cases
Malaria funding
Cholera in Iraq
Oct 30, 2015
High-containment lab

White House releases detailed lab biosafety plan

The plan includes ways to improve safety and security at US labs that conduct infectious disease research.

Oct 29, 2015

Panel report recommends blueprint for fixing biodefense gaps

Recommendations include executive-level management that spells out a national plan, pulls together a policy council, and unifies the biodefense budget.

Oct 29, 2015

News Scan for Oct 29, 2015

Health plans and HPV vaccination
EU gain-of-function report
Fungal meningitis follow-up
Oct 02, 2015
Culturing cells in petri dish

Work continues on policies for 'gain of function' research

The NSABB plans to release final recommendations in spring 2016.

Sep 24, 2015

News Scan for Sep 24, 2015

FDA lab safety hire
Global rubella progress
Traits of influenza B
Sep 18, 2015

News Scan for Sep 18, 2015

Ebola drug expedited
Polio vaccine regimen tested
Another US biolab breach
H1N1 genetic risk
Danish MRSA dynamics
Sep 15, 2015
BSL-4 lab worker

CDC appoints permanent lab safety chief

Stephan Monroe, PhD, who has been the CDC's acting head of lab safety since May, will report directly to the CDC director.

Sep 10, 2015

News Scan for Sep 10, 2015

Food safety rules finalized
More DoD lab pathogens cited
Immune systems and pneumonia
Sep 03, 2015

News Scan for Sep 03, 2015

Pentagon biolab moratorium
New antimalarial combo

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Imperiale MJ, Casadevall A. A new synthesis for dual use research of concern. PLoS Med 2015 Apr 14;12(4):e1001813

Rozell DJ. Assessing and managing the risks of potential pandemic pathogen research. (Letter) mBio 2015 Jul 21;6(4):e01075-15

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