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Myanmar Signs Treaty on Chemical Weapons

(NY Times) Myanmar has become the 191st country to sign the treaty that bans chemical weapons, the international body that monitors that accord said Thursday.  The body, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said in a statement that Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin had pledged to help “bring about a world  Read More »

Beware of animal diseases as biological weapons, health experts say

(Reuters) The World Health Organization, animal health and national defense officers called on Tuesday for wider international cooperation to avoid the spread of animal diseases that could be used as biological weapons. Sixty percent of human diseases come from animal agents and 80 percent of the agents that could be used  Read More »

Undetected measles led to death of Clallam County woman in her 20s

(Seattle Times) A Clallam County woman in her 20s died this year from an undetected measles infection discovered only after an autopsy, state health officials said Thursday. The case is the first confirmed measles death in the U.S. in 12 years.  The woman was likely exposed to the highly contagious infection  Read More »

Researcher who spiked rabbit blood to fake HIV vaccine results slapped with rare prison sentence

(Washington Post) Dong Pyou Han, a former Iowa State University researcher charged with falsifying HIV vaccine research, says that his troubles all started as an accident. Quickly, it became a multimillion-dollar research fraud scheme that landed him in prison. On Wednesday, Han, 57, became a rare academic to not just fall  Read More »

New Antibody Weapons Against Marburg Virus

(Global Biodefense) A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute identifies new immune molecules that protect against deadly Marburg virus, a relative of Ebola virus…The new antibodies that identify and neutralize Marburg virus – which has a mortality rate of up to 90% – were developed through an academic-industrial  Read More »