National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity

Type: Organization
Name: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity
First reported 2 hours ago - Updated 33 mins ago - 2 reports

U.S. anthrax probe reveals new bird flu mishap, widespread safety lapses

Federal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. government laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacter ... [Published Today Online - 42 mins ago]
First reported Jul 06 2014 - Updated Jul 06 2014 - 1 reports

Controversial American scientist Yoshihiro Kawaoka criticised over safety levels of research into pandemic H1N1 flu virus

Senior scientists have criticised an American university for allowing controversial research on enhancing a pandemic strain of flu virus to be undertaken in a laboratory with a relatively low level of biosecurity. The University of Wisconsin-Madison was ... [Published The Independent - Jul 06 2014]
First reported Jul 02 2014 - Updated Jul 02 2014 - 1 reports

Controversial American scientist slammed for irresponsible research

Senior scientists have criticised an American university for allowing controversial research on enhancing a pandemic strain of flu virus to be undertaken in a laboratory with a relatively low level of biosecurity. The University of Wisconsin-Madison was ... [Published The Independent - Jul 02 2014]
First reported Jun 11 2014 - Updated Jun 11 2014 - 1 reports

Research Personnel Policies Must Balance Security and Creativity

Faced with possible threats — whether from disgruntled insiders with access to hazardous agents or from outsiders such as computer hackers or animal rights extremists — research institutions must develop security measures that do not compromise the creativity ... [Published AAAS - Jun 11 2014]
First reported May 21 2014 - Updated May 21 2014 - 1 reports

Experiments could cause deadly bird flu pandemic, scientists warn

Scientists have created a new and highly contagious form of bird flu that could trigger a deadly global pandemic if accidentally unleashed, according to concerned researchers. The new strain was created to better understand how to combat the deadly virus ... [Published The Independent - May 21 2014]

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"We need to look at our culture of safety throughout all of our laboratories," Frieden said. "I’m upset, I'm angry. I've lost sleep over it and I'm doing everything I can to make sure it doesn't happen again."
"Without removing the responsibility for oversight from the very organization that carry out the work, it's hard to think that the recommendations will really be implemented" he said. (Reporting by Sharon Begley and Julie Steenhuysen; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Jonathan Oatis)
"If it escaped it would be equivalent to a new pandemic virus. It seems there was a tremendous lack of oversight in the funding and execution of this research at Wisconsin" Professor Wain-Hobson said. Biosafety level-1 (BSL-1)

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