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The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 24, 2017
A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.
CDC Reassigns Lab Regulation Chief
Bob Grant | Dec 9, 2015
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.
Toward Eliminating Poliovirus—In the Lab
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Nov 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.
DoD Under Investigation for Pathogen-Handling Mistakes
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2015
US Defense Department labs are the subject of inquiry following several safety breaches concerning the handling of deadly bacteria and virus strains.
Mistaken Anthrax Shipments
Jef Akst | Jun 5, 2015
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.
CDC Scores Poorly on Biosafety
Jef Akst | Mar 25, 2015
In the wake of numerous safety breaches at the federal agency, a new report finds US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention oversight “inconsistent and insufficient at multiple levels.”
Risky Research Halted at Tulane
Jef Akst | Mar 3, 2015
Federal officials suspend research on certain pathogens at Tulane University following the escape of potentially dangerous bacteria from a high-security lab.
CDC Seeks Safety Chief
Jef Akst | Jan 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.
CDC Tech Exposed to Ebola?
Jef Akst | Dec 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.
Top Science Scandals of 2014
Jef Akst | Dec 25, 2014
The stem cell that never was; post-publication peer review website faces legal trouble; biosecurity breaches at federal labs