From genome editing to hacking the microbiome, advances in the life sciences and its associated technological revolution have already altered the biosecurity landscape.
ASF COMBAT is an online management and biosecurity assessment tool aimed at reducing the African swine fever (ASF) introduction risk level.
This study highlights the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, helps policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate this space, and illuminates broader trends in the life sciences that may impact the biosecurity landscape.
This study presents evidence that closure of live bird markets, adverse publicity, and reduced prices resulted in sudden changes in movements of live poultry during H7N9 influenza epidemics. This led to significant increases in movements to neighboring provinces and other places without human cases. In these places, biosecurity and movement controls were limited and ineffective in limiting the spread of virus in poultry markets and thus resulted in human cases of the disease.
Quarantine inspections at Taiwan's airports have been stepped up to prevent African swine fever (ASF) entering the country, as newly increased fines for those found smuggling meat products come into force.
Homeland Preparedness News recently interviewed Connell about her goals for the National Institutes of Health’s National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) and her current research into Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs).
Understanding the signs and symptoms of the viral infection in birds is important to avoid transmission to humans.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a new scientific report on the status of the spread of African swine fever within the EU. The report describes which management measures EU member states should take if an isolated outbreak of the virus infection occurs.
By preventing bioengineered microalgae from growing outside the lab, researchers have reduced the risk of the genetically modified organisms escaping into the wild.
Biodefense in the Age of Synthetic Biology explores and envisions potential misuses of synthetic biology. This report develops a framework to guide an assessment of the security concerns related to advances in synthetic biology, assesses the levels of concern warranted for such advances, and identifies options that could help mitigate those concerns.