The prospect of local stockpiles of DNA- or RNA-based countermeasures that can protect large populations against known biothreat agents is appealing.
Russian diplomat Vladimir Yermakov said Moscow and London will "propose to consider several ideas on further promotion of the concept of mobile biomedical teams."
If similar samplers are deployed at airport checkpoints or other high-risk crowded places, potential biological threats such as SARS and the H7N9 strain of bird flu could be detected in eight hours or less.
The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative identifies paths to reduce biological risks, everything from preventing illicit gene synthesis to even exploring insurance incentives.
Two papers describing anti-CRISPR proteins were supported by a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program to improve the safety of the gene-editing method and to counteract its nefarious use.
Terrorists experimenting with diseases must do so without vaccines or rigorous safety standards, so the risk of an accident is much higher than in an authorized lab.
Researchers used computer models to identify mechanisms used by bacterial spores to evade attack from extreme temperatures, chemicals, and radiation.
This report discusses the response challenges to biological or chemical weapons attacks.
A Vermont retiree planning to “injure herself” tested the efficacy of homemade ricin on neighbors.
This paper discusses the threat of bioterrorism and the dearth of knowledge in this subject by health care first responders.