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May 01, 2012

May 01, 2012

NIH preparing tool to help labs cope with new DURC policy

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials are working on guidance to help local institutions implement the government's new policy on the oversight of life-sciences dual-use research of concern (DURC), an official from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said today.

May 02, 2012

May 02, 2012

USDA proposes quicker trace-back for tainted beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today proposed new guidance on trace-back investigations after evidence of contamination is found in ground beef during routine sampling, a move to more quickly protect consumers against foodborne illness.

May 03, 2012

May 03, 2012

Report details changes that may boost H5N1 spread in mammals

(CIDRAP News) – The first of two controversial H5N1 avian influenza studies to see print suggests that just four mutations in one of the virus's surface proteins may be enough to equip it to spread among mammals, but the findings are freighted with qualifiers.

May 04, 2012

May 04, 2012

Dry dog food implicated in multistate Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The detection of Salmonella during routine tests on dry dog food has uncovered an outbreak linked to a rare strain that has so far sickened 14 people in nine states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.

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