2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words

The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.

The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.

lab safety
Do English-Only Policies Foster or Damage Inclusivity in Science?
Do English-Only Policies Foster or Damage Inclusivity in Science?
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2019
Speaking a common language is key to a well-integrated team, but guidance is sparse on what—if anything—principal investigators should do about it.
Gas Cylinder Explosion Kills Researcher at Indian Laboratory
Gas Cylinder Explosion Kills Researcher at Indian Laboratory
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 7, 2018
Two professors have been arrested for negligence in connection with the blast.
Opinion: Preparing for Potential Disasters
Opinion: Preparing for Potential Disasters
Larissa Paschyn | Jan 25, 2017
How to increase the resiliency of biotechnology organizations in the face of emergency risks
Thirty Years of Lab Safety
Thirty Years of Lab Safety
Michal Barski | Oct 1, 2016
From mouth pipetting to automated liquid handling, life-science labs have gotten much safer over the past three decades.
AAAS Fellowship Decision Criticized
AAAS Fellowship Decision Criticized
Bob Grant | Dec 11, 2015
The chemist charged with felony labor code violations following a 2008 lab fire that killed a research assistant was recently named an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow.
Toward Eliminating Poliovirus—In the Lab
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
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
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.
Lab Bloopers Galore
Lab Bloopers Galore
Jenny Rood | Apr 24, 2015
Readers reveal research mishaps
CDC Scores Poorly on Biosafety
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
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.
Haste Caused CDC Bird Flu Contamination?
Haste Caused CDC Bird Flu Contamination?
Jef Akst | Aug 19, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.
CDC Anthrax Researcher Resigns
CDC Anthrax Researcher Resigns
Tracy Vence | Jul 23, 2014
The former head of a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention biosecurity lab has left his post amidst safety retooling at government labs.
Government Cracks Down on Biosecurity
Government Cracks Down on Biosecurity
Tracy Vence | Jul 15, 2014
After a string of incidents leading to lab closures and a moratorium on the transfer of select agents, US labs are reassessing safety threats within their own walls.
CDC Halts Hazardous Biomaterial Transfers
CDC Halts Hazardous Biomaterial Transfers
Tracy Vence | Jul 11, 2014
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.
Agreement Reached in Lab Fire Case
Agreement Reached in Lab Fire Case
Jef Akst | Jun 25, 2014
A University of California, Los Angeles chemist facing criminal charges after a lab accident that killed his research assistant in 2009 avoids a public trial and jail time.
CDC Anthrax Researcher Reassigned
CDC Anthrax Researcher Reassigned
Tracy Vence | Jun 24, 2014
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
Dozens of Researchers Exposed to Anthrax
Bob Grant | Jun 22, 2014
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.
Fly-Wrangling and Undesirable Snacks
Fly-Wrangling and Undesirable Snacks
Kate Yandell | Sep 3, 2013
A humorous Twitter hashtag helps paint a picture of what science initiation rituals might look like.