The US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has been applying radio-frequency identification (RFID) labels to biological samples for vaccine, drug and infectious disease management research, so that samples can be identified in freezers without being removed from cold storage.
Once poliomyelitis is eradicated, infectious poliovirus materials retained in laboratories, vaccine production sites, and other facilities will pose a risk for poliovirus reintroduction into communities.
This handbook provides guidance for personnel who work with infectious pathogens and toxins that may affect the health of humans, animals and plants. It aims to engage scientists, laboratory employees and students in laboratory biosecurity, and to provide practical advice that will ensure the secure handling and storage of biological materials.
This handbook focuses on the laboratory related activities and basic components of applied biosecurity that are relevant to all laboratory employees. The role played by laboratory managers and principal investigators in safeguarding laboratory assets and the employees under their supervision is also highlighted. This handbook provides guidance for personnel who work with infectious pathogens and toxins.
You can't just look at infection numbers and declare victory. You also need to ensure the virus exists only in dedicated labs with obsessively strict safety protocols and purge it from every other scientific and medical facility that might, maybe, harbor particles of the deadly infection. Such labs are numerous.
When it comes to biosecurity, this could be a very real threat, according to a group of researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, Riverside. By simply recording the sounds of a common lab instrument, the team members could reconstruct what a researcher was doing with that instrument.
The growing popularity of genome editing means that these technologies are no longer restricted to laboratories where there is some degree of oversight and regulatory processes; they now extend to the everyman’s garage.
The program is committed to conducting research to identify best practices for prevention of infectious disease exposures and spread; promoting safe work practices, biosafety, and biosecurity in research and clinical laboratories worldwide through training and education; and strengthening global health security networks and leadership.
The Kenyan government has prepared the Biosecurity Bill pushing universities to take effective measures aimed at securing biological materials and technology that could be misused to produce biological weapons.
Improved sustainability of laboratory operations through lower construction and operating costs may pave the way for equitable access to clinical and public health laboratory tests.