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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
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
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
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.
Lab Bloopers Galore
Jenny Rood | Apr 24, 2015
Readers reveal research mishaps
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.
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.