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US Defense Department labs are the subject of inquiry following several safety breaches concerning the handling of deadly bacteria and virus strains. 

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Lab Bloopers Galore

By | April 24, 2015

Readers reveal research mishaps

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Lab Bloopers

By | April 22, 2015

Reddit users share the worst mishaps they’ve witnessed while working in the lab.

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Risky Research Halted at Tulane

By | March 3, 2015

Federal officials suspend research on certain pathogens at Tulane University following the escape of potentially dangerous bacteria from a high-security lab.

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Haste Caused CDC Bird Flu Contamination?

By | August 19, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.

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Government Cracks Down on Biosecurity

By | July 15, 2014

After a string of incidents leading to lab closures and a moratorium on the transfer of select agents, US labs are reassessing safety threats within their own walls.

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CDC Halts Hazardous Biomaterial Transfers

By | July 11, 2014

Following recent high-profile safety lapses in government labs, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has placed a moratorium on movement of biological materials from BSL-3 and BSL-4 facilities.

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Agreement Reached in Lab Fire Case

By | June 25, 2014

A University of California, Los Angeles chemist facing criminal charges after a lab accident that killed his research assistant in 2009 avoids a public trial and jail time.

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Biology Hacklabs

By | March 1, 2013

Fueled by donations, sweat, and occasional dumpster diving, community laboratories for DIY biologists are cropping up around the country.

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Dude, Where’s My SARS?

By | January 21, 2013

The release of infectious agents from the lab is not uncommon, but lab-acquired infections are rare.

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