Research into dangerous viruses and bacteria is important, but for the deadliest pathogens, it’s not clear the benefits are worth the risks.
In the past few months, some of India’s leading virologists have moved from biosafety level 1 and 2 laboratories to biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) facilities.
Incidents causing potential exposures to pathogens occur frequently in the high security laboratories. Lab incidents that lead to undetected or unreported laboratory-acquired infections can lead to the release of a disease into the community outside the lab.
Clinical laboratories, such as public health or academic labs, commonly conduct procedures involving pathogens that are infectious via inhalation.
Taiwan's defense ministry has outlined a five-year initiative to beef up the island's biological warfare defense as well as a plan to upgrade a biosafety laboratory.
Various forms of biometrics are being incorporated at all US Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and other facilities using Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) pursuant to revised access controls for use with respect to individuals working with BSATs in response to serious security lapses.
The global proliferation of biocontainment laboratories raises questions about how to ensure their safe and secure operations while enhancing their contributions to science and global health.
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This report assesses the status of the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Biosafety and Biosecurity Program and provides recommendations for improvement.
Three years after discovering that a military laboratory had shipped live anthrax to facilities around the world, the US Department of Defense (DoD) still has not developed a plan to evaluate its biological security practices, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported.