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Aug 14, 2017

Aug 14, 2017

News Scan for Aug 14, 2017

MERS case
Multidrug-resistant BSIs in India
Polio emergency continues
Ricin vaccine funding
Chikungunya in the Americas

May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016

News Scan for May 25, 2016

Cow antibiotics and methane output
MERS antibodies in camel calves
Ricin vaccine funds

Aug 19, 2015

Aug 19, 2015

News Scan for Aug 19, 2015

More Cyclospora cases
Plague in California
Ricin vaccine funding

Aug 14, 2013

Aug 14, 2013
H5N1 color electron micro

Study: Technique adds 'kill switch' to modified flu viruses

A new molecular strategy could diffuse some of the controversy over lab-modified flu viruses.

Jan 23, 2013

Jan 23, 2013

Research moratorium on modified H5N1 viruses ends

(CIDRAP News) – A year-long voluntary moratorium on research involving transmissible H5N1 avian flu viruses ended today with a letter from a group of scientists that supports resuming the work in countries that have addressed the biosafety issues involved.

Jun 21, 2012

Jun 21, 2012

DURC policy in flux in the wake of published H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – Though today's publication of the second of two H5N1 transmissibility papers ends a waiting period, it doesn't halt the uncertainty over what the 8 months of controversy means for future dual-use research of concern (DURC) and the status of a voluntary moratorium.

Aug 26, 2008

Aug 26, 2008

Anthrax probe prompts concerns about military labs

(CIDRAP News) –US Navy and Air Force officials recently reported a suspension of work in their biodefense laboratories to allow a thorough review of safety procedures, following the Army's announcement in early August that it would review security measures at the lab that housed the work of the late Bruce E. Ivins, whom federal officials believe played a role in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Oct 04, 2007

Oct 04, 2007

House committee airs safety concerns about biodefense labs

(CIDRAP News) – A US House of Representatives committee today explored problems at the nation's biodefense labs, including a lack of coordinated federal oversight and even a lack of knowledge of how many high-containment labs exist.

These concerns have been highlighted recently by aggressive efforts from the Sunshine Project, a watchdog group that monitors biodefense research safety, and by other media reports.

Aug 19, 2005

Aug 19, 2005

Research sheds light on plague agent and potential vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Two research reports on plague were recently released, one describing the mechanism that the plague bacterium uses to evade the body's immune system and the other describing a potential vaccine that was tested successfully in mice.

Aug 11, 2005

Aug 11, 2005

New biosafety level 4 lab breaks ground at UTMB, Galveston

Aug 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials and scientists yesterday recognized the formal opening of construction on a laboratory that will house research on the most dangerous emerging infectious diseases and potential bioterrorism agents.

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