National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity

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Name: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity
First reported Apr 22 2014 - Updated Apr 22 2014 - 1 reports

Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

i i Dr Phil Luton/Science Photo Library/Corbis Botulism bacteria, or Clostridium botulinum, grow in poorly preserved canned foods, especially meat and fish. The microbe's toxin could be lethal as a bioweapon. Dr Phil Luton/Science Photo Library/Corbis ... [Published NPR - Apr 22 2014]
First reported Apr 15 2014 - Updated Apr 15 2014 - 1 reports

Study notes H5N1 tweaks that boost airborne spread

In a controversial study published 2 years ago Dutch scientists described a lab-modified strain of H5N1 influenza virus that was capable of airborne transmission among ferrets. Now the same researchers say they have identified five specific mutations ... [Published Centre For Infectious Disease Research and Policy - Apr 15 2014]
First reported Apr 10 2014 - Updated Apr 12 2014 - 2 reports

Five changes can make H5N1 virus transmit among mammals, study finds

TORONTO – As few as five mutations can give an H5N1 bird flu virus the capacity to transmit among mammals instead of birds, a study published Thursday reveals.The work cannot be used to predict whether that combination of changes – or other combinations ... [Published Global News Canada - Apr 11 2014]
First reported Apr 10 2014 - Updated Apr 11 2014 - 1 reports

Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just 5 mutations to spread easily in people

AdvertisementIt’s a flu virus so deadly that scientists once halted research on the disease because governments feared it might be used by terrorists to stage a biological attack.Yet despite the fact that the H5N1 avian influenza has killed 60% of the ... [Published Los Angeles Times - Apr 10 2014]
First reported Apr 05 2014 - Updated Apr 05 2014 - 1 reports

Experiments render H7N1 virus more contagious in ferrets

In research that prompted a special review because of "dual use" concerns, scientists conducted experiments that increased the transmissibility of an avian influenza H7N1 virus in ferrets, according to a report released this week in the Journal of Virology ... [Published Centre For Infectious Disease Research and Policy - Apr 05 2014]
First reported Mar 20 2014 - Updated Mar 20 2014 - 1 reports

FBI investigating ricin incident at McCarthy Hall

A white powdery substance found in a student’s dorm room on the sixth floor of McCarthy residence hall tested positive for ricin, according to an email from Georgetown Police Chief Jay Gruber sent Wednesday afternoon.The case is being handled by the FBI, ... [Published Georgetown Voice - Mar 20 2014]
First reported Nov 06 2013 - Updated Nov 06 2013 - 1 reports

Butler: Pathogen-research laws queried

Thanks to Greg Folkers for sending the link to this article by Declan Butler in Nature News & Comment: Pathogen-research laws queried. Excerpt:Leading virologists have written to the president of the European Commission to urge him to clarify how laws ... [Published H5N1 - Nov 06 2013]

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...editors to write an editorial supporting the decision to not release the sequence, noting that if legal questions about public access arose, "it would be very valuable to have the leading journal in infectious diseases clearly state that presently not releasing the sequence is the right and proper course to take."

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Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin? [Published NPR - Apr 22 2014]
Study notes H5N1 tweaks that boost airborne spread [Published Centre For Infectious Disease Research and Policy - Apr 15 2014]
Five changes can make H5N1 virus transmit among... [Published Global News Canada - Apr 11 2014]
Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just 5 mutations to ... [Published Los Angeles Times - Apr 10 2014]
New Gene Map of Deadly Bird Flu Points to Pande... [Published National Geographic - Apr 10 2014]
Experiments render H7N1 virus more contagious i... [Published Centre For Infectious Disease Research and Policy - Apr 05 2014]
FBI investigating ricin incident at McCarthy Hall [Published Georgetown Voice - Mar 20 2014]
Butler: Pathogen-research laws queried [Published H5N1 - Nov 06 2013]
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