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Bio-terrorism: Call for safety measures to avoid risks

(TheExpressTribune) The workshop on “Raising Awareness on Dual Use Concerns in Biotechnology” was organised by Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with School of Politics and International Relations Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU). Speakers in their presentations highlighted the great risks associated with the misuse of knowledge and emerging techniques, such as creation of  Read More »

Was Bomb And Anthrax Threat Directed At Fred Phelps?

(WIBW) A threat at a Topeka hospice facility last week appears to have been directed at Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. Captain Scott Conklin of the Topeka Police Department said that an email was sent to a midland hospice employee that made reference to a bomb and anthrax.

Scripps Florida scientist awarded $2.3 million to study dengue fever and related viruses

(EurekAlert) The outbreak of dengue fever that infected some 20 people in Florida’s Martin County late last year unnerved many who feared the tropical disease had once again established a foothold in Florida. The last outbreaks occurred in 2009 and 2010 in Key West—before that, the disease hadn’t struck Florida in  Read More »

Foot-and-Mouth Continues to Spread

(DailyNK) Foot-and-mouth disease appears to have spread throughout North Korea, with reports of infected cattle as far south as Kangwon Province. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced during a press conference on the 28th that at least four cattle with the highly contagious disease had been discovered at a  Read More »

Scientists produce synthetic yeast chromosome, with help from Hopkins students

(TheSun) With the help of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students who spent years stringing bits of DNA together, scientists have built the world’s first synthetic yeast chromosome, which eventually could help in the production of drugs, vaccines, biofuels and even beer. Jef Boeke, a former Hopkins professor, started working on the  Read More »