Keyword: bioterror

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  • Experts: Smallpox could be sent in mail

    04/26/2005 9:19:00 AM PDT · by aculeus · 6 replies · 448+ views
    Science ^ | April 26, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Terrorists could spread smallpox via infected letters, similar to the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks, bioweapon experts told United Press International. The experts' comments were spurred by an article in the May issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, which describes twin outbreaks of smallpox in 1901 that were traced to infected letters. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta doubted that smallpox could be spread through infected letters, but several bioweapons experts thought otherwise. D.A. Henderson, of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said it was possible to...
  • Fear bio-terrorist may spread plague

    04/10/2005 11:42:01 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 11 replies · 499+ views
    WMD ^ | April 11, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    Among the concerns is the possibility terrorists on a suicide mission might deliberately travel to Marburg-infested areas and then travel back to the capital of Luanda on their way to the West. A severe form of hemorrhagic fever akin to Ebola, the Marburg virus spreads on contact with the fluids the body produces in reaction to it, such as blood, urine, excrement, vomit and saliva.
  • CSPAN2-Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) Statement on Bio-Terror

    04/06/2005 2:17:13 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies · 770+ views
    CSPAN2 ^ | 04-06-05 | Judd Gregg
    I will try to find the entire speech later, but I wanted to pass this amazing fact just announced on the floor of the Senate by Judd Gregg: In 2001, the U.S. had, on hand, 9,000 smallpox vaccines. Today, after the work of this Congress and administration, the U.S. has 300,000,000. No, that is NO misprint: from 9,000 to 300 Million. And some assert this President hasn't done his job in fighting the War on Terror at home.
  • Al-Qaeda 'making Agent X advances' (Bioterror)

    03/31/2005 8:50:54 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 16 replies · 855+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 01apr05
    THE al-Qaeda terror group made unexpected advances in developing a virulent biological strain - dubbed "Agent X" - before the September 11, 2001, attacks, a US presidential commission on US intelligence operations said today. The commission said in its final report that intelligence analysts were "surprised by the intentions and level of research and development" uncovered after the US invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. The commission, appointed by US President George W. Bush in response to intelligence failures in Iraq, said US intelligence had long held that al-Qaeda members had trained in crude methods for producing biological agents such...
  • Data on ER visits, pharmacy sales may help war on terror (Syndromic surveillance)

    03/29/2005 4:26:13 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 901+ views ^ | 3 29 05 | JOHN DOBBERSTEIN
    In the fight against terrorism, few stones are left unturned. Every day, patient data from a handful of emergency rooms is sent to the Indiana State Department of Health to be crunched and analyzed. An epidemiologist watches intently for upward trends in rashes, fevers and unexplained deaths. Or a sudden surge in over-the-counter drug sales. The practice -- called syndromic surveillance -- broke onto the public health scene immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and later anthrax deaths. The surveillance method is widely viewed as a tool to detect a possible bioterrorism attack. Computers allow the instant sharing...
  • Bioterrorism Readiness Tests to be Run at Rutgers

    03/25/2005 12:32:15 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 7 replies · 581+ views
    The Daily Targum ^ | 03/25/05 | vanity
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  • Stanford scientists protest bio-terror research priority

    03/03/2005 6:15:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 364+ views
    Palo Alto Online ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2005
    Ten Stanford University faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner, have signed a letter with 700 other scientists nationally protesting a federal policy that prioritizes bio-terrorism research over public-health issues. The letter was sent to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Elias Zerhouni on Monday, Feb. 28. “The diversion of research funds from projects of high public-health importance to projects of high biodefense but low public-health importance represents a misdirection of NIH priorities and a crisis for NIH-supported microbial research,” the letter states. Stanford scientists who signed the letter include Arthur Kornberg, a Nobel Prize winner, and Charles Yanofsky, who...
  • Top US biologists oppose biodefence boom

    03/01/2005 9:11:14 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 581+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3/1/05 | Debora MacKenzie
    Efforts to defend the US against bioterrorists - by throwing money at research - are backfiring, says a 750-strong group of top scientists The US has poured billions of dollars into biodefence research since its anthrax attacks in 2001. More than half of the US scientists studying bacterial diseases have this week written to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) - their main funding agency - charging that the largess has created "a crisis for microbiological research". "We are staging a no-confidence vote," says Richard Ebright of Rutgers University in New Jersey, who organised the protest. In an open...
  • US Biologists Having Hissy Fit Over Biodefense Research

    03/01/2005 9:04:07 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 544+ views
    How soon we forget !! The Anthrax murders of 2001-believed by many to have been a "second wave" accompaniment to the 9/11 outrages - spurred renewed interest in-and funding for-bioterror detection and prevention. A group of US scientists-apparently miffed because their pet projects have not received as much attention (although funding has not diminished-is pitching a national hissy fit. "How dare the government attempt to protect us against the horrors of biowar when we are working on important stuff -like dandruff,and athlete's foot,and,and...."
  • Interpol chief warns of bio-terrorism attack threat

    02/23/2005 9:48:36 AM PST · by QQQQQ · 9 replies · 606+ views
    ABS-CBN News ^ | Feb. 23, 2005 | Reuters
    LONDON - The threat of a biological terrorist strike by al Qaeda is very real but the world is still not prepared, the head of Interpol said. Ronald Noble said governments, police and security services were more organized than ever before but he warned it would be wrong to assume the threat from Osama bin Laden's group, blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, had eased. "The terrorist threat is as real today as in 2001 when September 11 occurred," Noble said in an interview with the BBC late on Tuesday. "The number of terrorist attacks that...
  • Nutcase/bioterror/Barnes&Nobles

    02/20/2005 1:44:42 AM PST · by Avenger · 69 replies · 1,689+ views
    Me | Feb 20, 2005 | Me
    Ok, tonight I was at Barnes&Nobles with a couple of my classmates. We were sitting in the coffee shop reading Unte Reader with all the other Leftists (kidding!) Anyways, this guy walks in, and immediately my spidey sense starts to tingle. He kinda walks around the coffee shop and looks around a bit and then leaves - I was of course eyeing him the whole time. About 5 minutes later him comes in again. This time he draws out of his pants pocket a small white plastic spray bottle and starts spraying it around the room - trying to be...
  • Oil-for-Food a Failure From the Start? (Saddam bio labs, to put sarin in perfume bottles)

    02/12/2005 8:49:38 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 67 replies · 5,091+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | FoxNews
    The Iraqi Survey Group also found that supposed "humanitarian" imports under Oil-for-Food gave Saddam the ability to restart his biological and chemical warfare programs at a moment's notice. Spertzel said what scared him the most in Iraq was the discovery of secret labs to make deadly weapons like the nerve agent, sarin, and the biological poison, ricin, in spray form. "If that were released in a closed [area], such as Madison Square Garden or, even some, some of your smaller closed malls, shopping malls, it would have a devastating effect … killing hundreds or thousands," Spertzel said. But Spertzel believes...
  • CBS Exclusive: Contaminated Money (with virus)

    02/08/2005 12:31:05 PM PST · by QQQQQ · 54 replies · 1,818+ views
    CBS via DrudgeReport ^ | Jan. 28, 2005 | CBS
    PHILADELPHIA (KYW) Money that has been contaminated with a virus; it’s a whole new possible direction for bioterrorism. It is a case that the FBI terrorism unit has taken over from state police that involves several cities, including Philadelphia. As CBS 3’s Tamsen Fadal reports, the unit is trying to determine whether or not a virus was actually placed over money to protect the interest of the Russian mob. In an exclusive investigation, CBS 3 has obtained documents detailing a bizarre criminal plot involving a virus, suspected drug money, and the Russian mob in Northeast Philadelphia. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania...
  • Bioterror lab plans spark debate; universities try to slip these into towns without notice

    02/01/2005 8:45:20 AM PST · by pabianice · 4 replies · 544+ views
    Blackstone Daily ^ | 1/25/05 | Onorato
    Tufts Projects Lack of Community Cooperation Again At the 11 3/4th hour, Tufts officials (Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton, MA) came to the Grafton Board of Selectmen to ask for unanimous support for a NIAID grant they are seeking which would fund a self-contained building to "To focus attention on the agents that pose great risks in the event of a bioterrorist attack, the NIAID compiled a list of the Category A, B, and C priority pathogens ( A strategic plan defining short and long-term goals aimed at protecting the United States against attacks using these agents was...
  • Call for New 'Manhattan Project' to Fight Bioterror (Frist)

    01/27/2005 1:28:57 PM PST · by anymouse · 11 replies · 1,392+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 27. 2005 | Ben Hirschler
    DAVOS, Switzerland - The world needs an effort similar to that behind the creation of the atomic bomb to tackle the multi-faceted threat of biowarfare, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Thursday. "We need to do something that even dwarfs the Manhattan project," Frist told the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Manhattan project was the codename for the United States's World War II effort to devise an atomic weapon. "The greatest existential threat we have in the world today is biological. Why? Because unlike any other threat it has the power of panic and paralysis to be global."...
  • Infection heightens fear of Boston biosafety lab

    01/24/2005 5:00:35 AM PST · by ninonitti · 10 replies · 887+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2005 | By Jonathan Finer
    <p>BOSTON — The revelation last week that a laboratory slip-up led three Boston University scientists to become infected with tularemia, a flulike disease sometimes referred to as "rabbit fever," has fueled criticism of a plan to build a state-of-the-art research lab to study some of the world's most lethal germs in Boston's South End.</p>
  • Squad Seeks Tips in Death of Researcher (Tinfoil Time - Another Microbiologist Murdered - #12)

    01/12/2005 8:25:44 AM PST · by IncPen · 38 replies · 2,516+ views
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | Sunday, January 9, 2005 | By MIKE WELLS
    A retired research assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia died of multiple stab wounds before firefighters found in his body in the trunk of a burning car Friday. Im Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao said after an autopsy that Jeong H. Im, 72, of Columbia was stabbed several times, but she declined to elaborate. MU police yesterday named Im as the victim. His body was found in the trunk of his burning white, 1995 Honda inside the Maryland Avenue parking garage, MU police Capt. Brian Weimer said. The case was under investigation by the Mid-Missouri Major Case...
  • A DNA Success Raises Bioterror Concern

    01/11/2005 10:42:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 600+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 12, 2005 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers have made an unexpectedly sudden advance in synthesizing long molecules of DNA, bringing them closer to the goal of redesigning genes and programming cells to make pharmaceuticals. But the success also puts within reach the manufacture of small genomes, such as those of viruses and perhaps certain bacteria. Some biologists fear that the technique might be used to make the genome of the smallpox virus, one of the few pathogens that cannot easily be collected from the wild. The advance, described in the Jan. 6 issue of the journal Nature by Dr. George M. Church of the Harvard Medical...
  • DOD May Restart Anthrax Shots

    12/16/2004 8:37:29 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Military Dot Com ^ | Dec. 16. '04 | UPI
    DoD May Restart Anthrax Shots United Press International December 16, 2004 WASHINGTON - Several months after a federal court ruled against the Department of Defense's mandatory anthrax vaccination program, the DOD has requested an emergency ruling so it can continue to give the controversial vaccine to soldiers. The authorization request was made in a letter from Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. "I have determined there is a significant potential for a military emergency involving a heightened risk to the United States military forces of an attack with anthrax," said Wolfowitz...
  • Researcher: Innocuous Anthrax from Colorado Used in 1993 Cult Attack in Tokyo

    02/18/2003 3:46:58 PM PST · by Shermy · 18 replies · 495+ views
    AP ^ | February 18, 2003
    DENVER - A Japanese cult attacked Tokyo in 1993 with an innocuous, readily available strain of anthrax sold by a Colorado animal vaccine company, an Arizona researcher said. The anthrax was used by the Aum Shinri Kyo doomsday cult that in 1995 used sarin nerve gas to kill 12 people in an attack on a Tokyo subway station. Paul Keim, an anthrax expert at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, told colleagues about the 1993 anthrax attack at Sunday's session of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (news - web sites) convention in Denver. Using DNA, researchers at the...