'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]

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]

When it comes to biolabs, public is still in the dark

by jeeg 4. April 2013 21:51
One could conclude that the Government Accounting Office is concerned that the fox is guarding the henhouse after completing a report requested by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and others who have been studying federal regulation of high-containmen... [More]

Missing virus vial raises concerns at UTMB facility

by jeeg 4. April 2013 00:03
A vial containing a potentially harmful virus has gone missing from a laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, officials said. The missing vial, which contains less than a quarter of a teaspoon of an infectious disease, had been stored in a locked freezer designed to handle biologi... [More]

Reports warn of lax inspections, bioterror lab risks

by jeeg 3. April 2013 20:40
The United States is at increased risk for accidents at laboratories conducting research on potential bioterror germs, such as anthrax, because federal officials have failed to develop national standards for lab design, construction and operation, according to a report to be ... [More]

Md. Army biolab reports flaws in safety suits

by jeeg 1. April 2013 21:32
  An Army laboratory says a maker of biological safety suits is redesigning the outfits after workers at Fort Detrick reported an increase in potential exposures to some of the world's deadliest pathogens. The U.S. Army Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases in Frederick posted the... [More]

Safety survey reveals lab risks

by jeeg 10. January 2013 19:23
Scientists may have a false sense of security about the safety of their laboratories, according to early results from the first international survey of researchers’ workplace attitudes and practices.   Some 86% of the roughly 2,400 scientists who responded said that they believe t... [More]

Federal regulators give final OK to Boston University’s controversial South End bio lab

by jeeg 3. January 2013 22:15
A decade-long push to open a controversial infectious-disease research lab in Boston’s South End neighborhood is one giant step closer to fruition, with federal regulators signing off on the project.     In a notice published Wednesday in the Federal Register, the National I... [More]
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