Still no bioterror work at Texas A&M

Research on bioterrorist agents at Texas A&M University is linkurl:still suspended;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53600/ due to breaches in biosafety practices, although the university said last year it expected to be cleared to continue such work by the end of 2007. "The program continues to be on hold," Sherylon Carroll of the university's press office told The Scientist. "We are waiting for feedback from the Centers for Disease Control."

By | January 2, 2008

Research on bioterrorist agents at Texas A&M University is linkurl:still suspended;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53600/ due to breaches in biosafety practices, although the university said last year it expected to be cleared to continue such work by the end of 2007. "The program continues to be on hold," Sherylon Carroll of the university's press office told The Scientist. "We are waiting for feedback from the Centers for Disease Control." The CDC suspended the university's bioterrorism research last year, after it emerged that a lab working with Brucella failed to report a worker's exposure to the pathogen. The finding led to a linkurl:flurry of revelations;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53673/ about biosafety lapses in academic labs around the country. The Dallas Morning News linkurl:reported;http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/122707dntexa&mbiolabs.2d386e2.html last week that the agency has given Texas A&M no information about when the university might restart the research program. "They have given us absolutely no clue or sign as to when this thing will be resolved," the university's deputy chancellor, Jay Kimbrough, told the newspaper. A CDC representative told the newspaper that the investigation was still open, and did not give a timeframe for its resolution. Nor has the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General informed the university how much it would be fined for its biosafety problems. In September, a University of California lab was linkurl:fined $450,000;http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/enforcement/administrative/cmp/cmpitems.html#6 for incorrectly shipping anthrax to another lab.

Popular Now

  1. Top 10 Innovations 2016
    Features Top 10 Innovations 2016

    This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.

  2. Gut Microbes Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
  3. Pubic Hair Grooming Linked to STI Risk
    The Nutshell Pubic Hair Grooming Linked to STI Risk

    Observational study suggests pubic hair grooming correlates with heightened risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections, although causation remains unclear.

  4. Image of the Day: Parting Ways
    Image of the Day Image of the Day: Parting Ways

    The Allen Institute for Cell Science releases the first public collection of human induced pluripotent stem cells that have been fluorescently tagged using CRISPR.

Rockland