Just over a decade ago, anthrax was sent through the mail to high profile individuals, resulting in five deaths, additional infections, and millions of dollars in cleanup costs. While in pursuit of the perpetrator, scientists from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) interacted with a few scientists from academia who possessed the knowledge and experience needed to identify the strain and potential source. At the same time, FBI agents questioned scientists with knowledge of and experience working with anthrax.
This paper discusses how new discoveries in the biological sciences and new applications of biotechnology offer the potential for vast societal benefits but also have led to increased national security concerns.
Developed in response to Executive Order 13676: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria—issued by President Barack Obama on September 18, 2014—the National Action Plan outlines steps for implementing the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and addressing the policy recommendations of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Although its primary purpose is to guide activities by the U.S.
This report documents the response activities and lessons learned by MSF while responding to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.
This report assesses the effectiveness and negative outcomes associated with quarantines in response to an infectious disease outbreak.
This report offers laboratory safety best practices.
This paper details current best practices to help Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) function optimally.
This paper summarizes four studies that evaluated individual aspects of trailer sanitation programs.
In this report, Save the Children documents the existing weaknesses of the health services in the three main countries affected by Ebola.
This paper consolidates accounts of genetic engineering from sources close to the former Soviet Union‘s BW program. The remainder of the paper discusses near-term future capabilities of genetic engineering and biological warfare from an American perspective.