BU biolab may start research this fall

by jeeg 17. August 2011 19:24
A controversial Boston University laboratory building that has stood empty since construction finished in 2008 may open this fall to biomedical research involving pathogens less hazardous than those that sparked opposition to the project. BU officials plan to announce today that they will see... [More]

Is Public Health and Safety Being Considered in the Construction of LBNL's New Biolab in Berkeley?

by jeeg 11. August 2011 20:26
In April of this year, U.C. Berkeley researchers announced the creation of the U. C. Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute (SBI), which will ramp up efforts to “engineer” cells and biological systems. Part of its research will include experiments that insert manufactured stretches... [More]

Location of biological agents is top secret in Maryland

by jeeg 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]

Alaska Sens. introduce 'Frankenfish' ban

by jeeg 4. February 2011 22:53
U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) formally reintroduced legislation to the 112th Congress to ban genetically engineered salmon. The senators included a companion bill that would require labeling the fish as such in the event they are allowed on the shelves. ... [More]

OSHA at 40: Time for a Makeover

by jeeg 17. January 2011 22:53
The notion that Democrats and Republicans could come together and enact legislation that would protect American workers from on-the-job injury or death seems almost unthinkable today, but almost exactly 40 years ago, that is precisely what happened. On December 29, 1970, President Richard Nix... [More]

Genome sciences building evacuated after chemical spill

by jeeg 9. December 2010 19:28
The William H. Foege Building was evacuated yesterday after a chemical spill at around 5:45 p.m. More than a dozen UWPD and Seattle Fire Department (SFD) units, including a hazardous material team, responded to the incident. No one was injured in the spill.   SFD Battallion Chief Michae... [More]

Alaskan Legislature Opposes GM Salmon

by jeeg 26. October 2010 01:16
  State Capitol Juneau, Alaska, 99801 October 1, 2010 Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. Commissioner Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 Dear Commissioner, We are writing to express our serious opposition to allowing AquaBounty to market... [More]

New Virus 'Jumps' From Monkey to Scientist, Causing Serious Illness

by jeeg 25. October 2010 18:58
A never-before detected strain of virus that killed more than one-third of a monkey colony at a U.S. lab appears to have 'jumped' from the animals to sicken a human scientist, researchers report. Although it's an unusual move for that type of virus and does warrant further monitoring, the res... [More]

CRG ISSUES NEW REPORT: WORKER SAFETY IN BIOLOGICAL LABORATORIES

by jeeg 8. September 2010 23:58
Why would Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company, so mistreat and silence one of their top molecular biologists that a federal jury in Connecticut recently awarded her $1.37 million in damages? The answer promises to tear open the curtain covering hazards confronting tens of thousand... [More]

Fort Detrick implements biolab safety precautions

by jeeg 13. June 2010 00:26
Officials with the U.S. Army will be implementing safety recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences for the biolabs at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. Col. John Skvorak, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, addressed local leaders Mo... [More]
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