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A transmission electron microscopic image of a tissue section containing variola virus particles, the pathogen responsible for causing smallpox in humans
Opinion: Destroy All Samples of the Smallpox Virus
With a global alarm ringing because of an unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox, we should also consider a different but closely related viral threat.
Opinion: Destroy All Samples of the Smallpox Virus
Opinion: Destroy All Samples of the Smallpox Virus

With a global alarm ringing because of an unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox, we should also consider a different but closely related viral threat.

With a global alarm ringing because of an unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox, we should also consider a different but closely related viral threat.

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Canadian Official Reprimanded for Withholding Winnipeg Lab Info
Annie Melchor | Jun 23, 2021 | 3 min read
The House of Commons rebuked the president of the Canadian Public Health Agency for not turning over sensitive information pertaining to the dismissal of government scientists from the National Microbiology Laboratory.
Opinion: Biodefense Innovation Needed
Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge | Oct 27, 2015 | 3 min read
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 | 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. 
The Year in Pathogens
Molly Sharlach | Dec 28, 2014 | 4 min read
Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research
H5N1 Researcher Continues Legal Battle
Bob Grant | Nov 6, 2013 | 2 min read
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 | 1 min read
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 | 2 min read
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 | 2 min read
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 | 3 min read
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 | 1 min read
Federal officials will release harmless bacteria into subway tunnels beneath the Northeastern city to test new sensors designed to detect biological agents.
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.
Bird Flu Papers to Publish
Sabrina Richards | Apr 2, 2012 | 1 min read
Biosecurity board recommends publication of data detailing transmissibility of H5N1 avian influenza.
Agents Provocateurs
Mary Beth Aberlin | Apr 1, 2012 | 3 min read
Asking pointed questions is a key part of the scientific process.
Deliberating Over Danger
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2012 | 10+ min read
The creation of H5N1 bird flu strains that are transmissible between mammals has thrown the scientific community into a heated debate about whether such research should be allowed and how it should be regulated.
H5N1 Insiders Speak Out
Cristina Luiggi | Mar 6, 2012 | 2 min read
NSABB and Congress members voice their opinions about the new developments in the H5N1 research debate.
Federal Biosecurity Panel Speaks
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2012 | 1 min read
The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity explains why it recommended redacting the details of studies reporting on a highly transmissible H5N1 strain.
H5N1 Researcher Speaks Out
Cristina Luiggi | Jan 26, 2012 | 2 min read
Japanese virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka, who led one of the recent studies on avian flu transmissibility, says that type of research is necessary.
A Call to Stop H5N1 Research
Sabrina Richards | Jan 23, 2012 | 4 min read
Three dozen researchers have signed a letter promising to halt dangerous bird flu research for 2 months to initiate safety discussions.
The Risks of Dangerous Research
Tia Ghose | Jan 12, 2012 | 4 min read
Should research that makes pathogens more deadly or infectious—or other dangerous research—be conducted in the first place?
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