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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
4:52 pm
Freira do bugio
Madeira islands has 1 more endemic spp. 


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Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
11:18 pm
It was recollected here because of the Cuban problems.
One of the most known examples of application BW, was the attack of the USA lead per 1980 against Cuba. For the present moment it is known, that Americans have applied two kinds of the activator: hem. con. pigs and one of diseases of a sugar cane. 
The basic product of export of Cuba were, for that moment, pork and a sugar cane. As a result of application БО on Cuba all livestock of pigs and up to 80 % of landings of a sugar cane was lost. 
Application БО has been carried out, possibly, at airport Varadero, whence (probably near to a gangway of self-summer) the mosquitoes infected by the activator hem. con. of pigs have been let out.

Current Mood: crazy
Saturday, May 27th, 2006
12:05 am
Dr. Alibek Gone?
Is it true that Dr. Alibek left George Mason? and if so why?

I got accepted into the GMU Biodefense Master's program for this Fall, but if Dr. Alibek isn't teaching how good will it be?

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
6:33 pm
BioShield Project Lagging
US official admits problems in BioShield program

Apr 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration acknowledged last week that its $5.6 billion program to build a supply of medical countermeasures against biological weapons and other threats is struggling and needs help, according to a newspaper report.

Alex M. Azar II, a deputy secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), acknowledged that Project BioShield has problems and promised increased efforts to make it work, according to an Apr 7 report in the Washington Post.

Speaking to the health subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Azar "conceded that the lack of a strategic plan has left industry guessing about the government's priorities," the Post reported.

The story said corporate executives warned that they need clearer direction from the program to help them decide what kind of research to launch. Executives also complained of delays, bureaucratic inertia, and other problems with the program.

Rep. Anna G. Eschoo, D-Calif., was quoted as saying, "I think what's lacking in all this is a real sense of urgency. I can't help but think we are not prepared if, God forbid, any of these catastrophes were to be visited upon the United States."

Under questioning from members of both parties, administration officials conceded many criticisms that the drug and biotechnology industry has aimed at Project BioShield in recent months, the newspaper said.

"We recognize that more can and must be done to aggressively and efficiently implement Project BioShield," Azar was quoted as saying. "We will make this process more transparent and work to educate the public and industry about our priorities and opportunities."

He promised that HHS would publish a draft plan and invite comments later this year and follow up with a final plan soon afterward. In addition, the story said, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has promised to reorganize the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, which runs the program.

Stewart Simonson, the HHS assistant secretary in charge of that office, resigned in March. Some congress members had criticized him as lacking the scientific expertise needed for the position, the story said.

Some experts at the hearing said Project BioShield needs more personnel and increased legal authority to support risky research, the Post reported. Tara O'Toole, a University of Pittsburgh biodefense expert who works in Baltimore, estimated that HHS needs another 100 employees to manage the program efficiently. About 40 people work on the program now, the story said.

Azar reported that HHS has committed close to $1.1 billion in BioShield contracts so far. The largest project is an $877 million contract with VaxGen Inc., Brisbane, Calif., for 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine.

The contract, awarded in November 2004, calls for VaxGen to deliver the vaccine by November 2007. The Post said the company has conceded it is at least a year behind schedule in making the vaccine.

The BioShield program, enacted in July 2004, was designed to speed the development of drugs and vaccines to counter the effects of biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological agents.
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
4:06 pm
New Process Could Aid Biodefense In Rapidly Detecting Dangerous Pathogens

Scientists have used mass spectrometry for decades to determine the chemical composition of samples but rarely has it been used to identify viruses, and never in complex environmental samples. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently demonstrated that proteomic mass spectrometry has the potential to be applied for this purpose. Using a two-step process, researchers successfully separated, purified and concentrated a norovirus surrogate from a clinical sample within a few hours. Nanospray mass spectrometry was used to demonstrate the feasibility of detecting norovirus particles in the purified concentrates.

Human norovirus is responsible for an estimated 23 million cases of gastrointestinal illness in the United States each year. This pathogen is a particular problem aboard cruise ships. The researchers believe that their mass spectrometric method could potentially be used for biodefense and public health preparedness as a tool for rapidly detecting norovirus--a category B bioterrorism agent--and other viral public health threats. The study is published in the April 2006 edition of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Read on for more on how it works...Collapse )

cross-posted to microbiology and public_health
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
10:52 pm
I'm surprised to see the headlines haven't been updated in so long, and also that Michael Osterholm's Living Terrors wasn't added to the recommended reading list. If anyone is looking for up-to-date information, I would suggest visiting CIDRAP.

The only thing I have to add is some information on the surveillance system set for the Olympics:
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
2:50 pm
Begining Graduate School
Hi, I just started a new graduate program at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington D.C. where I'm studying to get my masters in WMD defense. I attended my first class "Detection of Biological Production" last night and was surprised to find that there were only 10 other students and the instructor was really Dr. Ken Alibek (author of Biohazard) and not just a TA, so I got to sit at a conference table and talk with him about biodefense for 4 hours, it was pretty cool.

The most striking fact I heard was: In the envelope delivered Anthrax attack the amount of Anthrax was about 5 grams and today it is estimated that it caused about 5 billion dollars worth of damage! $1 billion/1gram wow.

I was surprised and happy to find this community, I'll share anything else interesting that I hear.

Current Mood: surprised
Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
11:35 pm
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-*Cheesy* Do I sound convincing?
If advertising isn't allowed totally delete this, and sorry in advance if my suspicions are correct!
Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
5:15 pm

Health agency seeks to halt scholarly publication

borrowed from academics_anon
Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
4:18 pm
Largest Anti-Terror Drill Underway in Conn., N.J.

By Wayne Parry
Associated Press
Monday, April 4, 2005; 10:33 AM

HILLSIDE, N.J. -- The largest anti-terror drill ever undertaken in the United States started Monday morning with police officers investigating a fake car accident on a college campus and health officials on the lookout for a mock biological attack.

"What seems to have been a typically innocuous event will have growing ramifications. It is going to end up testing our health and law enforcement systems throughout the state of New Jersey," said Roger Shatzkin, a spokesman for the state's Office of Counterterrorism. "It's exciting to finally get this under way."

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
9:07 am
World Biodefense
Since I'm new with this "social skills" thing, I'll say hello by getting straight to a question.

Where can I find a list of biodefense sites?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, March 25th, 2005
8:13 am
E.P.A. Report Finds Lag in Monitoring Attacks

Published: March 25, 2005

ASHINGTON, March 24- The effort for quick detection of a biological attack in major cities is faltering because of shortcomings in the Environmental Protection Agency's management of the program, its inspector general said in a report released on Thursday.

Under the program, BioWatch, air monitors have been set up over the last three years in at least 30 metropolitan regions in an effort to detect within 36 hours the release of deadly pathogens like anthrax, smallpox or plague.

Full text below lj-cut for those without a NYTimes.com membershipCollapse )
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
5:04 pm
Next Generation Smallpox Vaccine
No serious adverse events found with next-generation smallpox vaccine

BALTIMORE, MD – March 21, 2005 -- Interim data from a phase I/II clinical trial of a next-generation vaccine for smallpox suggest that the vaccine may provide immunity and thus far the trial has been without any serious adverse events. Researchers report their data today at the 2005 American Society for Microbiology Biodefense Research Meeting.

100% take rate and no serious side effects (yet)Collapse )
4:59 pm
Interesting anti-anthrax methods from the ASM meeting....
Innovative Methods Could Stop Anthrax

Disinfectant-soaked clothing and antibodies grown in plants might fight infection, experts say.

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- New studies suggest scientists could foil anthrax attacks with three simple weapons: clothing treated with a disinfectant, a food preservative, and human antibodies grown in a tobacco plant.

Much of the work is preliminary, and anthrax remains a major threat. But researchers presenting their findings this week at the American Society for Microbiology Biodefense Research Meeting, in Baltimore, are hopeful the interventions will work.

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4:54 pm
Marburg Outbreak in Angola
Marburg virus blamed in lethal Angolan outbreak
Mar 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Laboratory tests have shown Marburg virus to be the cause of a hemorrhagic fever outbreak in northern Angola, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced yesterday.

With the news came a dramatic jump in the fatality count, from 39 deaths reported during a two-month stretch that ended Mar 15 to 95 since October 2004, when the outbreak began, the WHO said. A total of 102 cases have been found to date, for a case-fatality rate of 93%. Most cases have been in the Uige province in northern Angola.

'And now, the rest of the story....'Collapse )
Thursday, March 17th, 2005
3:12 pm
US anthrax scare blamed on sample mix-up
US anthrax scare blamed on sample mix-up
13:12 16 March 2005
NewScientist.com news service
Kelly Young and Damian Carrington

An anthrax scare involving three postal centres serving the US Pentagon has been blamed on a mix-up of samples. The scare has led to about 900 people receiving antibiotics and caused the stock market to dip.

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Oops! :-)

Current Mood: relieved
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
12:51 pm
Maximum pain is aim of new US weapon
(via New Scientist, link, with reference to The Sunshine Project--Research and facts about biological weapons and biotechnology)

The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. Intended for use against rioters, it is meant to leave victims unharmed. But pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. And they fear that the technology will be used for torture.Read more...Collapse )
Monday, March 7th, 2005
9:10 am
Heptavalent Botulinum Toxin Vaccine
"U.S. may have answer to feared bioweapon"
By Pamela Hess
Pentagon correspondent

Washington, DC, Mar. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is funding a new British vaccine technology that could neutralize one of the most feared biological weapons, botulinum neurotoxin.

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
11:35 am
The Scientist article regarding the biodefense funding hoopla
This article is more balanced than the open letter. NIAID Director Anthony Fauci has provided alternate funding numbers.

Scientists: too much $$ for bioterrorCollapse )
10:38 am
Open Letter published in Science regarding NIH biodefense finding
An Open Letter to Elias ZerhouniCollapse )

Current Mood: disappointed
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