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Ebola Scare May Inform U.S.'s Response to Bioterrorism

April 28, 2015 8:48 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Last year’s Ebola scare might provide a blueprint for a response to the unthinkable: a bioterrorist attack in the U.S., some experts are saying. A House of Representatives subcommittee last week discussed what the domestic response – and over-response – may teach emergency responders in a “low probability” but “high-consequence” event.

U.S. Issues New Rules for University Germ Research

September 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is tightening oversight of high-stakes scientific research involving...

Forgotten Vials of Smallpox Found in Storage Room

July 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington...

Genetic Code of New Botulism Strain Withheld

December 19, 2013 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State health researchers have discovered the first new strain of botulism in four decades, but...

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Ocean Microbe Could Treat Anthrax, MRSA

July 18, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

A research team has discovered a new chemical compound from an ocean microbe in a preliminary research finding that could one day set the stage for new treatments for anthrax and other ailments such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Smartphones Become Handheld Biosensors

May 24, 2013 9:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers and physicians in the field could soon run on-the-spot tests for environmental toxins, medical diagnostics, food safety and more with their smartphones. Researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses and other molecules.

The Real Threat of Ricin

April 23, 2013 1:45 pm | by Christina Smith | Articles | Comments

Mail-based bioterror attacks made headlines last week when traces of ricin, a poison derived from the castor bean and a common by-product of castor oil, was found in letters addressed to President Barack Obama, Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County, Miss., Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland, according to reports from the Associated Press.


Safety Reflectors Reused in Bioterror Detection

April 10, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

Tiny versions of the reflectors on sneakers and bicycle fenders that help ensure the safety of runners and bikers at night are moving toward another role in detecting bioterrorism threats and diagnosing everyday infectious diseases, scientists said.

Device Gets Upgrade to Detect Biothreat Agents

April 3, 2013 11:01 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are developing a medical instrument that will be able to quickly detect a suite of biothreat agents, including anthrax, ricin, botulinum, shiga and SEB toxin.

Toward a Better Cyanide Antidote for Terrorist Attacks and Other Mass Casualty Events

February 1, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

In an advance toward closing a major gap in defenses against terrorist attacks and other mass casualty events, scientists are reporting discovery of a promising substance that could be the basis for development of a better antidote for cyanide poisoning.

Determining How Smallpox Binds to DNA 8/16/06

August 16, 2006 6:04 am | Articles | Comments

Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia

Alzheimer Drug May Protect Against Bioterrorism 8/14/06

August 14, 2006 9:21 am | Articles | Comments

Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore


Purdue Proves Protein Prompts Poxviruses 7/24/06

July 24, 2006 5:52 am | Articles | Comments

Source: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Mass Spectrometry Could Aid Biodefense 4/12/06

April 11, 2006 12:46 pm | Articles | Comments

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore

The Molecule, the Big Picture

December 12, 2005 6:42 am | Articles | Comments

With the emergence of RNA interference (RNAi) as a powerful analytical tool in mammalian genetic screening, the RNA research field has seen a marked resurgence in its vitality.

Large Scale DNA Isolation From Soil

November 8, 2005 5:27 am | Articles | Comments

PowerMax Soil DNA kit isolates DNA from up to 10 g of almost any soil type. The DNA yields are high and clean, and total DNA is free from inhibitors that could affect RT PCR. Each ready-to-use kit includes all required reagents.

Weekly News Roundup 6/3/05

June 3, 2005 12:35 pm | Articles | Comments

Anticancer Antibody Expressed in Chicken Eggs


Ultraspecific Virus Identification 5/26/05

May 26, 2005 1:18 pm | Articles | Comments

Better DNA probes help fight bioterrorism

Weekly News Roundup 5/20/05

May 20, 2005 12:10 pm | Articles | Comments

Researcher Receives $1M for Smallpox Virus

Biological Mimics Live Pathogens

January 12, 2005 5:53 am | Articles | Comments

BioSim, a harmless biological stimulant that mimics live pathogens, is offered for the purpose of safely testing the functionality of biological detection systems and conducting biological simulations.

Rockefeller Researchers Solve Structure for Deadly Bacterial Toxin

June 4, 2004 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

By Aaron Sender Researchers at Rockefeller University, New York, have determined the structure of a potent DNA-damaging protein involved in many bacterial diseases.

Bio-Barcode Diagnostic Method Could Rival PCR 4/30/04

April 30, 2004 1:21 pm | Articles | Comments

by Elizabeth Tolchin A group of chemists at Northwestern University, Chicago, claim they developed a diagnostic method that is much faster, easier to use, more accurate, and less expensive than polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Antibody, Antigen, And Assay Development Products

April 12, 2004 7:45 am | Articles | Comments

Over 350 products are featured in this catalog, with special sections outlining antibodies to bioterrorism agents, food and waterborne pathogens, and toxins.

Visualization in the Life Sciences in the Post-Genomic Era

February 20, 2003 10:10 am | Articles | Comments

by Dan Stevens, Ph.D. By the early '90s, molecular biology techniques such as DNA sequencing and high-throughput screening had become well established in life sciences laboratories, and researchers were beginning to use them as sources of reliable data.

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