Newly blacklisted pathogens

The US government presents a new list of 11 microorganisms that pose the highest risk in biomedical research.

Cristina Luiggi
Jun 16, 2011

Earlier this week, a yearlong federal investigation ended with the classification of 11 pathogens in a new category of microorganisms that require the most stringent security standards in research. Known as Tier 1 select agents, the list includes organisms that cause deadly diseases such as anthrax, smallpox, plague, and Ebola hemorrhagic fever. While the new ruling is meant to tighten security surrounding the listed pathogens, such as requiring rigorous criminal background checks and periodic monitoring, it also removes some of the red tape imposed on researchers working with other potentially dangerous microorganisms that did not make the list, ScienceInsider reports.  Here's a full list of the newly blacklisted agents:

Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax disease)

Burkholderia mallei (Glanders)

Burkholderia pseudomallei (Melioidosis or Whitmore's disease)

Ebola virus

Foot-and-mouth disease virus

Francisella tularensis (Tularemia)

Marburg virus

Variola major virus (Smallpox)

Variola minor virus (Smallpox)

Yersinia pestis...

Clostridium botulinum (Botulism)

 

 

 

 

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