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Jun 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015
Clostridium botulinum colony

Study: Novel botulinum toxin less dangerous than thought

A new botulinum toxin can be blocked using available antitoxins, a new study says.

Oct 10, 2013

Oct 10, 2013
Clostridium botulinum

Scientists find new botulinum toxin, withhold genetic details

Discovery of the first new botulinum toxin in 40 years is coupled with withholding key data for security reasons.

Dec 13, 2012

Dec 13, 2012

With new rules, few public health labs to handle riskiest agents

(CIDRAP News) – With tougher security requirements set to take effect next April, few state public health laboratories plan to maintain stocks of certain pathogens considered most tempting to bioterrorists, according to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and officials with state labs.

Dec 11, 2012

Dec 11, 2012

HHS offers some forecasts on medical countermeasures

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a few predictions on when certain new countermeasures against biological threats will become available, including a forecast for two novel influenza drugs and possibly a next-generation anthrax vaccine within the next 5 years.

Oct 10, 2012

Oct 10, 2012

Changes in select agent rules concern public health labs

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its list of potentially dangerous biological agents and toxins and the regulations covering them, and some of the changes have public health laboratories concerned.

Sep 17, 2012

Sep 17, 2012

BioShield report shows growth in biodefense stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The recently released annual report for the federal Project BioShield program gives a snapshot of the US arsenal for blunting bioterrorist attacks, showing growth in the supplies of certain countermeasures for anthrax, botulism, and smallpox.

Oct 14, 2011

Oct 14, 2011

NIH contracts target broad-spectrum therapies for bioterror threats

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) yesterday announced it has awarded contracts, which could total $150 million over 5 years, to four companies to develop broad-spectrum therapies that could help the nation respond to a bioterror attack or other public health emergency.

Jun 15, 2011

Jun 15, 2011

Panel calls for refining, paring select-agent list

(CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory committee is recommending that 11 bacterial species and viruses on the current "select agent" list, including anthrax and Ebola virus, be singled out for special safeguards and that another 19 agents be dropped from the list entirely.

May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011

NRC seeks changes in US vaccine program for biodefense workers

(CIDRAP News) – A report from the National Research Council (NRC) calls for some changes in a US Army immunization program for lab researchers who work with dangerous pathogens, saying the vaccines need to be made more accessible to civilian scientists.

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