Safety experts slam lax safety practices at CDC labs

by jeeg 20. March 2015 23:18
  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently had lab mishaps involving some of the world's most dangerous pathogens, does "inadequate" training, lacks leadership commitment toward safety and has a significant percentage of staff who are afraid to report accidents, accordi... [More]

Are Your Medications Safe?

by jeeg 11. February 2015 01:09
  The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials. My students and I dug it up. Agents of the Food and Drug Administration know better than anyone else just how bad scientific misbehavior can get. Reading the FDA’s inspection files feels almost like watching a highlights reel from ... [More]

Spray-On DNA "Barcode" Tracks Harmful Chemicals

by jeeg 14. January 2015 22:52
  Everything from food, to air to water runs the risk of becoming contaminated. Now chemists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have developed a technology that can detect and track dangerous particles in food and in the air. “The DNA in the material can be u... [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]

Smallpox vials, decades old, found in storage room at NIH campus

by jeeg 10. July 2014 00:24
  A government scientist cleaning out a storage room last week at a lab on the National Institutes of Health’s Bethesda campus found decades-old vials of smallpox, the second incident involving the mishandling of a highly dangerous pathogen by a federal health agency in a month. The v... [More]

Appeals court backs scientist in Pfizer retaliation case

by jeeg 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]

Tiers of safety at the Biolab

by jeeg 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]

BU officials decline to discuss biolab safety issues, panelists say

by jeeg 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]

Lab Fight Raises U.S. Security Issues

by jeeg 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]

OSHA Finds Safety Gaps In Yale Lab

by jeeg 17. August 2011 23:34
A piece of lab machinery that killed a Yale University student when it ensnared her hair was missing required safeguards, and the accident exposed problems with the school's safety policies, federal safety investigators said in a letter to the school. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health A... [More]
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