19. April 2013 21:06
A young Florida woman who suffered a stroke after donating her eggs to a Canadian couple is suing a Toronto fertility doctor and a U.S. egg donor agency for alleged negligence.
Kylee Gilman, 24, says that within hours of having 45 eggs removed from her ovaries at the CReATe clinic, in Toronto, ... [More]
17. December 2012 18:17
Pfizer Inc. whistleblower Becky McClain’s legal battle to draw public attention to worker-safety issues came to an end Friday as an appeals court refused to overturn a $2.3 million verdict in favor of the former Groton-based scientist.
Pfizer said it is “evaluating its opt... [More]
10. May 2012 22:35
A researcher in the US has died of a disease caused by the bacteria he was studying. The tragedy highlights the dangers of research on human respiratory germs. Research on airborne mutants of H5N1 bird flu is currently under an indefinite moratorium, partly over fears of just such laborato... [More]
10. November 2011 21:50
Ominously referred to as "The Needle", the 192,000 square-foot National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory (NEIDL) on the Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) campus stands inactive and empty, as it has since its completion in 2008. Research there cannot commence until a protracted ri... [More]
4. November 2011 22:55
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of The Human Genome Project, an achievement that promised to revolutionize the way we understand and treat human disease. But has that promise been fulfilled? How much has the genome added to our knowledge of the human condition and helped u... [More]
2. November 2011 21:40
Boston University students expressed concerns about the intentions of the proposed National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at the BU Biolab panel hosted by the Student Labor Action Project on Tuesday.
College of Arts and Sciences senior Elisa Gill, who mediated the panel at Sargent Col... [More]
28. October 2011 19:45
Synthetic biology — which includes the development of fuels, organ tissue and tumor-destroying bacteria — became a focus of government and law enforcement agencies after 9/11 and the anthrax attacks that quickly followed it. The field’s “extraordinary promise,” a ... [More]
17. October 2011 23:00
The Faroe Islands is to become the first country in the world to read the entire DNA code of every willing citizen, it was announced Friday.
All 50,000 of the inhabitants on the islands, which are part of Denmark, will be invited to have their genomes sequenced and linked to their medical rec... [More]
13. September 2011 22:10
Another laboratory-acquired infection may have occurred in a University of Chicago building where 2 years ago a researcher contracted plague and later died. Late last month, a researcher who worked in the same general lab area was hospitalized with a skin infection caused by a common bacterium... [More]
1. April 2011 00:01
High-level containment laboratories and storage facilities that handle dangerous biological agents exist in Frederick County outside the secured gates of Fort Detrick, but state law mandates that the number and location of each remains confidential.
That is making difficult the work of the fl... [More]