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Opinion: Biodefense Innovation Needed
Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge | Oct 27, 2015
To protect against biological threats, federal agencies and other key stakeholders should commit to a strategic, unified approach.
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.
The Year in Pathogens
Molly Sharlach | Dec 28, 2014
Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research
H5N1 Researcher Continues Legal Battle
Bob Grant | Nov 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.
Secret Botulism Paper Published
Bob Grant | Oct 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.
Complaints About Government Contest
Kate Yandell | Jul 24, 2013
Contestants criticize the organization and scoring of a Pentagon competition challenging scientists to detect bioterrorism threats by analyzing DNA sequences.
Special Review for H5N1 Grants?
Jef Akst | Dec 4, 2012
The National Institutes of Health reveals a controversial plan to regulate the funding of H5N1 research.
Detecting Biothreats, Faster and Cheaper
Ed Yong | Nov 5, 2012
A new technique simplifies and accelerates the development of tests for identifying potential biological weapons.
Boston to Test Bioterror Sensors
Bob Grant | Aug 29, 2012
Federal officials will release harmless bacteria into subway tunnels beneath the Northeastern city to test new sensors designed to detect biological agents.
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2012
Silk impregnated with bleach may provide a new way to fight the formidable spores of the anthrax bacterium.