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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 »

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 »

C.D.C. Says Tuberculosis Lab, Shut Amid Exposure Scare, Can Continue Its Work

(New York Times) Operations can resume at a government tuberculosis laboratory in Atlanta that was shut down this month as part of a moratorium on handling dangerous microbes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The moratorium, imposed by the agency after two accidents at other laboratories that could have exposed workers to  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 »

The human parasite Leishmania is a probiotic for the fly that carries it

(AAAS EurekAlert) The Leishmania parasite, which causes the human disease leishmaniasis, acts as a probiotic in the insect that transmits it to humans, protecting them from bacterial disease. Findings published in the open access journal Parasites and Vectors suggest that using bacterial controls to stop the spread of leishmaniasis could sometimes have the opposite effect  Read More »