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Smallpox Kerfuffle Reveals Biosecurity Problems

By | July 12, 2017

A review of a 2014 incident in which mystery vials of smallpox were found at the NIH reveals security weaknesses, but also concludes the response was appropriate. 

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image: Toward Eliminating Poliovirus—In the Lab

Toward Eliminating Poliovirus—In the Lab

By | November 16, 2015

As the world inches closer to polio eradication, laboratories studying the virus will have to bolster biosafety standards. Eventually, most will need to stop working with the pathogen entirely.

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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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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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CDC Seeks Safety Chief

By | January 2, 2015

In the wake of numerous biosafety breaches, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks to hire a chief of laboratory safety.

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CDC Tech Exposed to Ebola?

By | December 29, 2014

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab mistakenly transferred the wrong Ebola samples—ones that may have contained live virus—to another agency lab.

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Dangerous Research Regs Released

By | September 25, 2014

The US government releases its policy on so-called dual-use research involving dangerous pathogens that could be used for biological terrorist attacks.

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image: CDC Lab Resumes After Safety Lapses

CDC Lab Resumes After Safety Lapses

By | July 25, 2014

A high-security tuberculosis lab at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may return to transferring hazardous materials.

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CDC Anthrax Researcher Resigns

By | July 23, 2014

The former head of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention biosecurity lab has left his post amidst safety retooling at government labs.

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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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