Letter Recommends Independent Investigation of NIH’s Failure to Promptly Disclose Superbug Outbreak at Research Hospital

by jeeg 11. September 2012 22:11
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should open an independent investigation into the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) handling of information related to a deadly outbreak of multi-antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella bacterial infections at the research agency’s hospital... [More]

NIH collects input from community on biolab safety levels

by jeeg 4. September 2012 22:53
Community members near the Boston University biolab submitted their final comments to the National Institutes of Health last week, rounding up a battle over clearance for biosafety Levels 3 and 4 in the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories.   The NIH will consider communit... [More]

Settlement Forces University of California to Adopt Improved Health and Safety Standards for Lab Research

by jeeg 10. August 2012 19:21
On 27 July, the regents of the University of California (UC) took a step unprecedented in U.S. history, one that laboratory safety experts believe is likely to help raise the customarily lax safety standards that have prevailed until now in many academic labs across the country. In a 38-page set... [More]

Lawmakers want CDC info on bioterror lab safety

by jeeg 26. June 2012 23:54
Five members of a congressional watchdog committee sent a letter today calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce by next week copies of all safety incident reports involving problems at a $214 million bioterror lab at the agency's Atlanta headquarters.   Th... [More]

Risk assessment of US agro-biosafety lab found wanting

by jeeg 18. June 2012 19:31
An independent panel reviewing the dangers associated with establishing a high-security laboratory for studying animal diseases in the heart of US cattle country has found that the government has underestimated the risk that livestock will be exposed to microbes escaping from the facility. The l... [More]

Airflow problems plague CDC bioterror lab

by jeeg 13. June 2012 22:12
A $214 million bioterror germ lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has had repeated problems with airflow systems designed to help prevent the release of infectious agents, government documents and internal e-mails show.   While the agency says no one has b... [More]

Residents Voice Anger, Concerns Over BU Biolab

by jeeg 20. April 2012 21:59
Upwards of 100 concerned citizens turned out Thursday night for a public hearing at Roxbury Community College to voice their disapproval and anger over a controversial Boston University laboratory in the South End. Known as the BU Biolab, the University wants to begin creating and studying th... [More]

New life seen for Plum Island facility

by jeeg 15. February 2012 23:30
In a move that could extend the life of the federal animal disease research facility on Plum Island, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget has proposed cutting funding for a new research facility in Kansas that was seen as its replacement.   In doing so, the administration has req... [More]

Scientists to Pause Research on Deadly Strain of Bird Flu

by jeeg 23. January 2012 23:04
The scientists who altered a deadly flu virus to make it more contagious have agreed to suspend their research for 60 days to give other international experts time to discuss the work and determine how it can proceed without putting the world at risk of a potentially catastrophic pandemic... [More]

Training gaps cited in update on lab-linked Salmonella outbreak

by jeeg 19. January 2012 22:42
Gaps in biosafety training likely played a role in a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to lab exposure that sickened 109 people in 38 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.   The outbreak involved a commercially available Salmonella Typhimur... [More]
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