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…