Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens
Kerry Grens | Dec 19, 2017 | 1 min read
Only a few labs will earn funding for such “gain-of-function” research on SARS, MERS, and other deadly diseases.
Report: Security Lapses in Handling of Deadly Pathogens
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 31, 2017 | 1 min read
A government report finds that laboratories in the U.S. that work with select agents such as Ebola and anthrax aren’t as secure as they should be.
CDC Reassigns Lab Regulation Chief
Bob Grant | Dec 9, 2015 | 2 min read
After a string of breaches involving anthrax, Ebola, and bird flu, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reportedly replaced the director of its Division of Select Agents and Toxins.
DoD Under Investigation for Pathogen-Handling Mistakes
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2015 | 2 min read
US Defense Department labs are the subject of inquiry following several safety breaches concerning the handling of deadly bacteria and virus strains. 
Subway Microbiome Study Revised
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 4, 2015 | 1 min read
Researchers tone down their highly publicized study that reported the presence of deadly pathogens on New York City subways.
Anthrax Sent in Error to 86 Labs
Kerry Grens | Jul 29, 2015 | 2 min read
A US Army lab shipped live spores of the deadly bacterium because of improper irradiation protocols, a Department of Defense review has found.
Mistaken Anthrax Shipments
Jef Akst | Jun 5, 2015 | 1 min read
The Defense Department reports that live samples of the deadly bacterium may have been accidentally shipped to more than 50 labs in the U.S. and abroad.
Anthrax Mistakenly Shipped by Military
Bob Grant | May 28, 2015 | 2 min read
A US Army facility may have inadvertently sent live anthrax spores to government and commercial labs in nine states, and to one US Air Force base abroad, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Recruiting Anthrax to Oncology
Kerry Grens | Sep 26, 2014 | 1 min read
In the latest development in trying to use Bacillus anthracis to kill cancer, researchers send “antibody mimics” inside tumor cells.
CDC Lab Resumes After Safety Lapses
Kerry Grens | Jul 25, 2014 | 1 min read
A high-security tuberculosis lab at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may return to transferring hazardous materials.
CDC Anthrax Researcher Resigns
Tracy Vence | Jul 23, 2014 | 1 min read
The former head of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention biosecurity lab has left his post amidst safety retooling at government labs.
The Scientist on The Pulse, July 18
Kerry Grens | Jul 17, 2014 | 1 min read
Flying dinos, genetic pacemakers, and dangerous microbes on the loose
CDC Halts Hazardous Biomaterial Transfers
Tracy Vence | Jul 11, 2014 | 2 min read
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.
CDC Anthrax Researcher Reassigned
Tracy Vence | Jun 24, 2014 | 1 min read
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes its first disciplinary action in the wake of the biosecurity oversight that potentially exposed 75 agency scientists to anthrax.
Dozens of Researchers Exposed to Anthrax
Bob Grant | Jun 22, 2014 | 2 min read
As many as 75 scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have come in contact with live Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that cause anthrax.
Week in Review, May 20–24
Bob Grant | May 24, 2013 | 4 min read
Journals plagiarizing journals; new immune cells combat diabetes; TB-killing vitamin C; analog cell computers; real time fish memory; ant-pitcher plant mutualism
Selling an Anthrax Scare?
Kate Yandell | May 21, 2013 | 2 min read
A US government advisor warned officials of the dangers of antibiotic-resistant anthrax while profiting from antitoxin sales.
Anthrax Vax Test OK for Kids
Jef Akst | Mar 19, 2013 | 2 min read
A presidential bioethics commission lays out the framework for testing the anthrax vaccine in children.
Dude, Where’s My SARS?
Dan Cossins | Jan 21, 2013 | 1 min read
The release of infectious agents from the lab is not uncommon, but lab-acquired infections are rare.
Killer Silk
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2012 | 4 min read
Silk impregnated with bleach may provide a new way to fight the formidable spores of the anthrax bacterium.