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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  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  Read More »

First case of ebola reported in Africa’s most populous city Lagos

(The Guardian) A man has died of ebola in Lagos, the first confirmed case of the highly contagious and deadly virus in Africa’s most populous metropolis. Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian civil servant, collapsed on arrival in Nigeria’s main airport on Sunday, health officials said. His condition rapidly deteriorated before he  Read More »

Previously uncontacted Peruvian Indians ‘could carry flu back to tribe’

(The Telegraph) Seven members of a previously uncontacted Peruvian Amazonian tribe had to be treated for the flu after fleeing into Brazil to escape violent attacks, raising fears that the virus could spread to their isolated community.

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  Read More »