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Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Biological

Congress eyes legislation on preventing next pandemic

A panel of public health experts and U.S. senators agreed on several steps Congress should take to prevent or remediate the next pandemic, basing their proposals on lessons learned during the 14 months working to resolve the COVID-19 health crisis. Among their recommendations, aired during a... Read More »

FLIR wins DARPA contract for new Chem-Bio defense fabric

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced Monday that it had won a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop new fabrics embedded with catalysts and chemical agents that can fight and reduce chemical and biological threats on contact. The fabrics will be incorporated... Read More »

DHS funds target biological threats monitoring

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has earmarked funds to develop capabilities to monitor the current COVID-19 pandemic and other future biological events. The agency has awarded $199,648 to Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based Mesur.io Inc. for... Read More »

Session targets biological threats reduction

Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and Munich Security Conference (MSC) personnel recently collaborated to convene 19 current and former global leaders and experts to address reducing high-consequence biological threats. The endeavor was offered in conjunction with the MSC’s “Beyond... Read More »

Study examines ease of antibiotic resistance spread

Chalmers University of Technology researchers have determined that significant genetic transfer between bacteria in our ecosystems and humans may be linked to pathogenic bacteria in humans developing resistance to antibiotics. "In recent years, we've seen that resistance genes spread to human... Read More »

USDA awards funding to bolster livestock biosecurity

The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has awarded $14.4 million to states, universities, and other partners with projects addressing livestock biosecurity. The funding allotment would aid 76 projects seeking to strengthen animal health... Read More »

DARPA conducts sensor testing in Indianapolis

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) SIGMA+ program conducted a test of advanced chemical and biological sensing systems in the Indianapolis area this past August. DARPA collected more than 250 hours of daily life background atmospheric data in the city that helped train... Read More »