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Western Jihadists in Syria Threaten to Bring Their War Back Home - Daily Beast

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Western Jihadists in Syria Threaten to Bring Their War Back Home Daily Beast Asked for clarification of this statement, another official at the OPCW told The Daily Beast that Syria “destroyed all of its production facilities, mixing and filling...
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Fears of blind eye on toxic farming chemicals - Sydney Morning Herald

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Sydney Morning Herald Fears of blind eye on toxic farming chemicals Sydney Morning Herald Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce wants to allow farmers to continue using certain chemicals that are banned in the United States, the European Union and...


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Biosecurity experts laud withholding of data on new toxin

Biosecurity experts laud withholding of data on new toxin | Bio detection Tech List 2014 | Scoop.it
Omission of key data from a report of a new botulinum toxin draws strong approval.

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The Super-spreading Landscape of Urban Dengue Fever

The Super-spreading Landscape of Urban Dengue Fever | Bio detection Tech List 2014 | Scoop.it
Dengue Fever is one of the most concerning emerging infectious diseases of the early 21st century.

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Scientists Publish Recipe For Making Bird Flu More Contagious - NPR (blog)

Scientists Publish Recipe For Making Bird Flu More Contagious - NPR (blog) | Bio detection Tech List 2014 | Scoop.it
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The paper was also reviewed by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which funded the research.

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A Brief, Terrifying History of Viruses Escaping From Labs

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A version of this essay originally appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The public health danger posed by potentially pandemic-causing viruses escaping from laboratories has become the subject of considerable discussion, spurred by “gain of function” experiments. The ostensible goal of these experiments—in which researchers manipulate already-dangerous pathogens...

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Biodefense News's curator insight, April 12, 2014 4:46 PM

Thanks to Moon Raker Associates for flagging this article.

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Ebola Threatens Sierra Leone - Patriotic Vanguard

Ebola Threatens Sierra Leone - Patriotic Vanguard | Bio detection Tech List 2014 | Scoop.it
Ebola Threatens Sierra Leone Patriotic Vanguard Between 1976 and 1998, from 30,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods sampled from outbreak regions, no ebolavirus was detected apart from some genetic traces found in six rodents...
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Hospital Bioterrorism Planning and Burn Surge

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science Feb 2014, Vol. 12, No. 1: 20-28.

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Biodetection Technology Guide 2014 Available

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A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available.

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Coriolis® µ, your microbial air sampler

Coriolis®µ, portable air sampler, is dedicated to indoors and outdoors bio surveillance in hospitals, pharmaceutical industries, offices, houses.
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Syrian Government and Rebels Trade Blame Over Alleged Chemical Attack - The Wire

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The Wire Syrian Government and Rebels Trade Blame Over Alleged Chemical Attack The Wire The incident has not been independently confirmed as a chemical attack.


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1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say - National Geographic

1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say - National Geographic | Bio detection Tech List 2014 | Scoop.it
National Geographic 1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say National Geographic For the last decade, experts such as Jeffery Taubenberger, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have...

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Disease Outbreak Warnings Via Social Media Sought by U.S.

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Whooping cough first sickened the
Illinois high school cheerleaders, then it struck the football
players, the cross-country team and the band.  

Now, U.S. agencies want to expand their use of social media to spot potential biological attacks and outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases, including the new H7N9 avian flu that has killed dozens of people in China.

 

“That’s the Holy Grail,” said Mark Dredze, an assistant research professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Sickweather adviser. “We’d love these systems to tell us there’s a brand new disease and it’s going to be a big thing.”


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Biodefense News's curator insight, April 11, 2014 11:30 AM

Thanks to DHS/OHA for flagging this.  Seems that Ascel Bio is already doing this...

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Pandora Report 4.11.14

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Ebola is still raging in West Africa and experts are planning for a long battle, however, every week can’t be about Ebola. So let’s jump into it!

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Biothreats: Patrolling for Enemy Bugs to Keep Americans Safe

Anthrax, E. coli, salmonella -- all dangerous organisms that can cause illness. Many are contracted naturally -- through food or soil -- but in the wrong han...
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The Smallpox Threat: A Time to Reconsider Global Policy

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In May of this year, the 67th World Health Assembly will again debate the question of when the remaining specimens of smallpox virus should be destroyed. Over the past 18 years, this has been on the agenda of 5 previous Assemblies, the last being in 2011. At that time, the delegates “affirmed strongly the decisions of previous Health Assemblies that the remaining stocks of variola virus should be destroyed.”1 They asked that the date be decided by the 2014 Assembly.

Inordinate amounts of time, effort, and resources have been spent in endeavoring to reach consensus on this one component of a smallpox threat strategy: whether to destroy or not destroy smallpox virus strains now being retained in the 2 World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Laboratories (in the United States and Russia). In both, the virus is being held under secure conditions. This year, a WHO-appointed group of international scientists concurred that there is no justification for retaining live smallpox virus. In any case, as others have pointed out, advances in genomic biology would now permit strains of virus to be replicated should someone wish to do so.2 Logic dictates an early date for destruction of the last laboratory strains.


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Pentagon seeks more funds to counter bio weapons

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The Pentagon wants to spend more money on a secret program of teams that track weapons of mass destruction because of new information showing an increased threat from chemical and biological weapons, military budget plans show.

 

DTRA officials want an extra $6.8 million for "low-visibility Chemical/Biological search" that would meet "specific Combatant Command requirements," the budget document shows.

DTRA officials declined to comment, saying Nimble Elder is classified.

The threat from biological weapons is real and growing, said Gerald Parker, vice president for public health preparedness and response at Texas A&M University's Health Science Center.

"Biological weapons are a considerable threat that we need to pay attention to and develop new capabilities that are able to respond to bio threats," said Parker, a former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for chemical and biological defense. "Bio threats can emanate from state-sponsored and non-state-sponsored programs."


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Biodefense News's curator insight, April 11, 2014 11:13 AM

Thank you DHS/OHA for flagging this story.