Rabies, for example, is a naturally occurring ‘zombie’ disease.
Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (2017).
We may never know whether the pandemic began with a leak at the Wuhan lab. But even the possibility shows we need a universal biosafety code to prevent something similar happening in future.
Anti-scaling fencing is seen in front of the United States Supreme Court, which is across the street from the U.S. Capitol, on Jan. 10, 2021, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Alan Fram)
National security must be redefined to reflect new sources of security threats of the type that occurred at the U.S. Capitol.
How governments handle pandemics relies on co-operation from the public and across borders.
Countries closed their borders in response to COVID-19, but international cooperation and technology sharing could improve recovery against pandemics and potential bioterrorist attacks.
The global disruption caused the the coronavirus pandemic contains lessons in combatting bioterrorism.
As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates global economic and health insecurities, opportunities to emulate the pandemic’s effects with bioweapons affords terrorists a new model.
Dogs with terminal bladder cancer improved with this new modified anthrax treatment.
Anthrax is best known as a bioweapon. But researchers have figured out how to tweak the deadly toxin and use it to fight cancer. So far, dogs are the first to benefit from the new therapy.
Hospital workers wearing biohazard suits scrub down a man in a decontamination drill.
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Talk of bioterrorism might provoke fears of smallpox and anthrax, but mundane threats like salmonella may pose greater danger. And experts say that the U.S. is not prepared for an attack.
Buffalo relaxes in Lake Nakuru surrounded by flamingoes.
Outbreaks often affect the same areas because, once released, the bacteria continues to live as spores in the soil.
Modern advances come with new liabilities.
Biologists’ growing reliance on computers advances the field – but comes with new risks. The first step toward improved cyberbiosecurity is increasing awareness of possible threats.
In conversation: Martin Rees.
The Astronomer Royal answers some of the world’s – and the universe’s – biggest questions.
The pathogens are secured, but are the data about them as well-protected?
Biosafety needs to be about more than personal protective equipment and safe laboratory practices. Don’t forget the cybersecurity.
Ebola got as far as Texas, but Islamic State was nothing to do with it.
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Like SARS and swine flu before it, Ebola has put the threat of pandemic disease back in the spotlight. But this time, the debate has reached far beyond what happens “if” or “when” a natural outbreak goes…