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Opinion: Biodefense Innovation Needed

By | October 28, 2015

To protect against biological threats, federal agencies and other key stakeholders should commit to a strategic, unified approach.


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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The Year in Pathogens

By | December 29, 2014

Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research


image: H5N1 Researcher Continues Legal Battle

H5N1 Researcher Continues Legal Battle

By | November 6, 2013

The Dutch scientist who mutated a strain of the avian flu virus to be transmissible between mammals is headed to appeals court to protect his right to publish the work unimpeded.


image: Secret Botulism Paper Published

Secret Botulism Paper Published

By | October 18, 2013

The discovery of a new form of the deadly botulinum toxin gets published, but its sequence is kept under wraps until an antidote is developed.


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Complaints About Government Contest

By | July 24, 2013

Contestants criticize the organization and scoring of a Pentagon competition challenging scientists to detect bioterrorism threats by analyzing DNA sequences.


image: Special Review for H5N1 Grants?

Special Review for H5N1 Grants?

By | December 4, 2012

The National Institutes of Health reveals a controversial plan to regulate the funding of H5N1 research.


image: Detecting Biothreats, Faster and Cheaper

Detecting Biothreats, Faster and Cheaper

By | November 5, 2012

A new technique simplifies and accelerates the development of tests for identifying potential biological weapons.


image: Boston to Test Bioterror Sensors

Boston to Test Bioterror Sensors

By | August 29, 2012

Federal officials will release harmless bacteria into subway tunnels beneath the Northeastern city to test new sensors designed to detect biological agents.


image: Killer Silk

Killer Silk

By | July 1, 2012

Silk impregnated with bleach may provide a new way to fight the formidable spores of the anthrax bacterium.


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