Technician, boss in SFPD lab scandal flunked DNA skills exam

by jeeg 31. March 2015 22:34
  The San Francisco police crime-lab technician and a supervisor implicated in alleged misconduct that could jeopardize hundreds of criminal cases failed a DNA proficiency exam last year and were barred from processing evidence, documents show. Police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday that author... [More]

CDC to hire lab safety chief after Ebola, bird flu mishaps

by jeeg 31. December 2014 21:15
  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to hire a chief of laboratory safety, a new post that has taken on more urgency after a CDC scientist was possibly exposed to Ebola in a laboratory last week. Creating a new high-level safety position was a key recommendation of a ... [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]

Forensic Chemist Who Helped Put Hundreds in Jail Pleads the Fifth to Fraud Charges

by jeeg 31. October 2012 17:16
In the court room, forensics and science can be extremely powerful. Forensic chemists can tell the jury whether DNA was present, what drug the victim was given or what cleaning solution was used to hide the evidence. But what happens when the trusted scientist is a fraud? In September, Annie Dookha... [More]

Pfizer appeal of award to OSHA whistleblower Becky McClain starts today

by jeeg 26. October 2012 23:34
P Pfizer Inc.'s appeal of a Hartford jury's decision to award a former company scientist $1.37 million in a whistleblower case will be heard today by a three-judge panel at the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. Becky McClain, a longtime molecular biologist at Pfizer's Groton l... [More]

Researcher death highlights dangers of pathogen work

by jeeg 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]

CRG Urges Denial of Boston University's Waiver Request for Regulatory Review of its Biolab

by jeeg 23. September 2011 23:48
September 23, 2011 Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900 Boston, MA 02114   Re:      National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, Boston University MEPA Waiver R... [More]
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