Controversial US scientist creates deadly new flu strain for pandemic research

by jeeg 3. July 2014 01:23
A controversial scientist who carried out provocative research on making influenza viruses more infectious has completed his most dangerous experiment to date by deliberately creating a pandemic strain of flu that can evade the human immune system. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of W... [More]

U.S. says 75 government scientists possibly exposed to anthrax

by jeeg 20. June 2014 01:54
  As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federal government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria and are being offered treatment to prevent infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The potential exposure occurred af... [More]

Boston University’s biolab moves closer to full operation despite challenge

by jeeg 15. May 2014 20:30
  Both the Boston City Council and the Massachusetts Superior Court yesterday took actions that move Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) closer to full operation. The City Council voted down a proposed ordinance that would have banned research... [More]

US biodefence facilities ramp up

by jeeg 6. May 2014 22:26
  The future of the US government’s biodefence strategy sits in a warehouse in rural Texas. A dozen gleaming-white trailers, each about the length of a bus, hold equipment for producing millions of doses of medical countermeasures against some of the world’s deadliest threats. Th... [More]

Will the United States start a smallpox threat creation program?

by jeeg 29. April 2014 01:13
  In May, the World Health Assembly will yet again consider the question of destruction of smallpox virus. In order to politically legitimize keeping smallpox samples, the United States appears to be positioning itself to begin research that will create new threats from this eradicated virus... [More]

'Appalling irresponsibility': Senior scientists attack Chinese researchers for creating new strains of influenza virus in veterinary laboratory

by jeeg 3. May 2013 22:38
Senior scientists have criticised the “appalling irresponsibility” of researchers in China who have deliberately created new strains of influenza virus in a veterinary laboratory. They warned there is a danger that the new viral strains created by mixing bird-flu virus with huma... [More]

UCLA professor ordered to trial in lab death

by jeeg 29. April 2013 22:10
A University of California, Los Angeles chemistry professor will face a rare prosecution when he stands trial for workplace safety violations in the death of a 23-year-old research assistant, who died of burns from a lab fire, according to county prosecutors. Judge Lisa Lench on Friday ordere... [More]

Protesters oppose biolab as court proceedings continue

by jeeg 12. April 2013 20:48
Several protesters stood outside the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse Thursday as proceedings continued in a case challenging the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University, commonly referred to as the BU biolab.   Inside the courthouse, a team of prosecu... [More]

Boston Communities Fight Against Environmental Injustice as NIH and BU Push for Biolab in Roxbury/South End

by jeeg 11. April 2013 18:37
The fight for environmental justice in Boston will continue at the Moakley Courthouse. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th, when Judge Patti Saris will hear cross-motions for summary judgment and the Stop the BU Bio-Terror Lab Coalition’s motion for a permanent injunction again... [More]

Ebola, Marburg among USAMRIID lab incidents

by jeeg 8. April 2013 22:22
Six potential biological exposures within the highest level of biosafety labs at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in 2012 included the Ebola, Marburg, Andes and Sin Nombre viruses, spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden said in an email Thursday.     The ... [More]
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