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FDA found more than smallpox vials in storage room

(Washington Post) Federal officials found more than just long-forgotten smallpox samples recently in a storage room on the National Institutes for Health campus in Bethesda, Md. The discovery included 12 boxes and 327 vials holding an array of pathogens, including the virus behind the tropical disease dengue and the bacteria that can cause spotted fever,  Read More »

Anthrax Mishandled by U.S. CDC Labs Before Exposure, Report Says

(Bloomberg) Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stored deadly anthrax in unlocked refrigerators in an unrestricted hallway and moved the bacteria in Ziploc bags, according to the latest report to criticize government workers’ handling of microorganisms. The audit, by a team from the Department of Agriculture, was delivered to the CDC  Read More »

New Assay to Spot Fake Malaria Drugs

(Global Biodefense)The World Health Organization has estimated that about 200,000 lives a year may be lost due to the use of counterfeit anti-malarial drugs. A new Oregon State University technology may be able to help address that problem by testing drugs for efficacy at a cost of a few cents.

U.S. officials purge biosafety board in midst of anthrax crisis

(Reuters) Federal officials, amid the worst U.S. biosafety crisis in years, have dismissed 11 eminent scientists from a 23-member panel that advises the government on how and whether research on dangerous pathogens should be conducted. The purged members were informed that their service was no longer needed via an email on Sunday night from Mary  Read More »

TGen-led study finds likely origin of lung fungus invading Pacific Northwest

(AAAS EurekAlert!) Cryptococcus gattii, a virulent fungus that has invaded the Pacific Northwest is highly adaptive and warrants global “public health vigilance,” according to a study by an international team led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). C. gattii, which likely originated in Brazil, is responsible for dozens of deaths in recent years since  Read More »