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Biosecurity overhaul flagged

(The Land) New powers allowing the Commonwealth to respond to biosecurity risks within Australia and help state and territory governments manage a pest or disease outbreak are among the changes included in a planned overhaul of quarantine legislation. Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced the government’s plans to progress the Biosecurity Bill 2014 to  Read More »

CDC to create anthrax research database in Atlanta

(Atlanta Business Chronicle) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to establish a public database in Atlanta of the bacteria Bacullus anthracis, which cause the deadly disease anthrax.The agency has published a request-for-quote to hire a contractor for the project. The move comes just weeks after the CDC made world headlines when 75 workers  Read More »

Future soldiers could be protected against germ warfare by genetically modified blood cells

(The Independent) Soldiers on future battlefields could be protected against germ warfare agents by having blood transfusions with genetically modified cells that can neutralise deadly biological toxins, scientists have found.

Biotech Breakthroughs May Put Chemical Arms in Easier Reach

(National Journal) An international team wants to closely watch how future technologies could make the world’s deadliest poisons easier to produce and harder to regulate. It is still impossible to know how an array of emerging technologies — such as custom-built proteins and microscopic containers — will affect capabilities to manufacture and deliver lethal chemicals  Read More »

“Top Ten” list of food-borne parasites released

(FAO) A “Top Ten” list identifying the food-borne parasites of greatest global concern has been released today, and new guidelines are being developed to control them. The parasites affect the health of millions of people every year, infecting muscle tissues and organs, causing epilepsy, anaphylactic shock, amoebic dysentery and other problems. Some can live on  Read More »