In mid-October, the Indonesian police discovered that a terrorist group had plotted a suicide attack using a bomb that contained the abrin poison in Cirebon, West Java. Police seized 310 grams of rosary pea seeds - the main ingredient of abrin.
This report looks at the risks of a global catastrophic biological event and the state of global preparedness and offers recommendations for urgent action to address preparedness deficits.
A new white paper, by NTI Bio, Georgetown University’s Center for Global Health Science and Security, and the Center for Global Development, calls for urgent improvements to avoid catastrophic consequences of deliberate and other high-consequence biological events.
This paper looks at the current and potential implications pf microfluidics and nanofluidics for both the offensive and defensive sides of chemical, biological, and nuclear threats.
Scientists are optimizing ways to use hot, humid air to decontaminate equipment that warfighters use, such as an aircraft.
The Implementation Support Unit of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC ISU) organized a seminar on “Rapid International Response to Biological Incidents: Lessons for the BWC.” The seminar speakers discussed national, regional, and international rapid response mechanisms and capacities. The seminar also addressed interoperability and standardization and training for rapid response teams. This report summarizes the main seminar discussions.
There is a long history of using biological agents in warfare and for nefarious purposes.
The prospect of local stockpiles of DNA- or RNA-based countermeasures that can protect large populations against known biothreat agents is appealing.
These guidelines have been produced to help the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement better manage the risks associated with weapon contamination resulting from conventional weapons and/or chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards.
The National Biodefense Strategy considers that biological threats are among the most serious potential threats facing the US and the international community and recognizes that it is a vital interest of the United States to manage the risks arising from such threats.