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Sep 21, 2018

Sep 21, 2018
Biosafety level 4 lab

GAO says Defense Department lagging on lab biosecurity

The DoD has made only 18 of 35 proposed changes designed to enhance lab security, the report says.

Jun 20, 2018

Jun 20, 2018
Mystery pathogen

New report spotlights top synthetic biology threats

Re-creating known pathogenic viruses and making existing bacteria more dangerous are among the top threats.

Sep 20, 2016

Sep 20, 2016

CDC ups Zika testing support; Florida reports more local cases

In other developments, without Zika funding federal officials have had to tap research money for cancer and other diseases.

May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
DNA testing

Highly resistant MCR-1 'superbug' found in US for first time

Human and animal samples tested positive.

May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016
Zika virus

Researchers unveil first human-made Zika virus clone

In addition, Germany notes its first case of sexual transmission, and Argentina reports its first local cases.

Feb 02, 2016

Feb 02, 2016
Condom

Sexual transmission of Zika confirmed in Texas

The case also appears to be the first locally acquired Zika infection in the continental US in this outbreak.

Jul 30, 2015

Jul 30, 2015
FedEx plane

FedEx bans select agents after DoD anthrax lapses

Also, a Nature editorial says the DoD's anthrax missteps highlight regulation inequalities.

Jul 28, 2015

Jul 28, 2015
BSL-3 lab

CDC: DoD anthrax errors involved 575 shipments

The transfer of potentially live B anthracis  by an Army lab involved 575 shipments in 10 years, an official said.

Jul 24, 2015

Jul 24, 2015
Bacillus anthracis

Poor inactivation, testing blamed for DoD anthrax errors

A report points to faulty inactivation of Bacillus anthracis spores and inadequate testing.

Jul 22, 2015

Jul 22, 2015
BSL-3 lab

CDC to review lab safety; DoD paints anthrax leaks as system failure

As the CDC orders a comprehensive review, the DoD blames a lack of scientific consensus for its release of live Bacillus anthracis.

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