Shipments Of Live Anthrax Probed
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a team looking into how the military shipped the spores to more than a dozen labs around the country. Meanwhile, USA Today reports that many of the country's high containment biological research labs are secretive about what they are doing.
CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to figure out how the military managed to ship anthrax spores that were apparently live from one of its facilities to more than a dozen labs across the United States. "We have a team at the [military] lab to determine what may have led to this incident," says CDC spokesman Jason McDonald. In addition, he says, the agency is working with health officials in nine states to make sure the potentially live samples are safely disposed of and the labs affected are decontaminated. (Brumfiel, 9/28)
Universities, Feds Fight To Keep Lab Failings Secret
Transparency is an important cornerstone in maintaining public trust in biological research, says the National Institutes of Health, which has issued guidance to laboratories that receive federal funding. While many research organizations answered USA TODAY's questions and provided basic records about their biosafety committees' work, dozens of others were not so forthcoming. (Young and Penzenstadler, 5/28)
10 Incidents Discovered At The Nation's Biolabs
Records obtained by the USA TODAY Network show hundreds of incidents have occurred in labs across the country in recent years. Here are a few examples of how things can go wrong. (Young and Penzensadler, 5/29)