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West African countries announce new measures to stop Ebola spread

(The Guardian) Authorities across west Africa have announced a series of measures aimed at stopping the spread of the Ebola virus, which reached a fourth country last week with a death in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city. Nigeria closed and quarantined the hospital where a man died on Friday in the country’s first recorded case  Read More »

U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps

(Reuters) U.S. lawmakers on Monday said they were expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens. Republicans from the House Energy and Commerce Committee said they sent a letter on Monday to the CDC director,  Read More »

Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades

(Washington Post) Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said. The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. Case  Read More »

CDC Announces New External Biosafety Advisory Committee

(Global Biodefense) The Centers for Disease Control this week announced the formation of an external laboratory safety workgroup of the Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC. This group will provide advice and guidance to the CDC Director and CDC’s new Director of Laboratory Safety. The initial emphasis of the workgroup focuses on reviewing and  Read More »

U.S. CDC says to announce safety advisory panel by end of week

(Reuters) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will announce its safety advisory panel later this week following breaches in its handling of anthrax and a deadly form of bird flu in recent weeks, the director of the agency said on Tuesday. CDC’s Dr Thomas Frieden told reporters the members of the panel will  Read More »