Tagged: NSABB

Details of new botulinum toxin censored to stop ‘misuse’ - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 15, 2013

Clostridium botulinum,* the bacterium that turned out not to be contaminating a heap of New Zealand made infant formula a few months ago, is at the centre of a new scare. This time it’s the discovery of a strain of the bacterium for which there is no treatment. C. botulinum produces neurotoxins that prevent acetylcholine from being released from the … Read More

Monday Micro – citizen science & the scary viruses - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 03, 2013

I’ve recently returned from Denver, Colorado where I was attending the American Society of Microbiology’s (ASM) annual conference. It was one of the biggest conferences I’ve ever been to: approximately 7,100 attendees, nearly 230 sessions, 19 workshops, and over 2,500 posters. All in just 4 days. Exhausting! With such a huge amount going on, the organisors had developed a smart … Read More

Nature publishes first of the ‘weaponised’ flu papers - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 04, 2012

And it’s Open Access! Late last year it was revealed that 2 papers submitted to the journals Science and Nature had been sent to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an American committee charged with providing guidance on the potential of research to be misused to pose a biological threat to public health or national security. Read More

Suppressing superflu recipe: NSABB say sort of…. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 21, 2011

As the first molecular evidence emerges that the H5N1 ‘bird flu’ virus from human patients matches that of environmental samples taken from live bird markets in China, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosafety has given its advice on publication of recipe for making a ‘weaponised’ (ferretised?) H5N1 strain. And the recommendation is? That the … Read More