Biosafety News

  • Biosafety Labs And The Meaning Of Biosafety Levels

    A biosafety lab is a specialized research laboratory that deals with infectious agents. Some are designed for research, while others are performing some kind of production activity, but proper protection is of the utmost importance for the safety of everyone working in and around a biosafety lab. Protection is not only important for those working in a building with a biosafety lab, but also for ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Africa`s biosafety regulators urged to strengthen links

    In efforts to harmonise national biosafety regulations across Africa, the links between national regulatory authorities and key stakeholders must be strengthened, say experts at the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE). Many of the continent's science and agriculture ministers endorsed the use of biotechnology to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nigeria`s Senate passes biosafety bill

    Nigeria's national biosafety bill has been passed by the country's upper house. The Senate agreed earlier this month (1 June) that the bill should be harmonised with a version passed by the lower chamber in July 2009. Supporters of genetically modified (GM) crop technology recently expressed ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nigerian biosafety bill may fail, say scientists

    Supporters of genetically modified (GM) crop technology fear that their four-year effort to get a biosafety bill enacted in Nigeria may have been in vain if the country's upper house fails to pass it before its tenure ends next month (29 May). The 2007 bill, passed by the country's lower chamber last July, is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Malaysia follows Caymans with surprise GM mosquito trial

    Malaysia became the second country in the world to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes into the wild in a trial whose timing has surprised international and local scientists as well as protesters. The country's Institute for Medical Research announced this week (26 January) that around 6,000 GM male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes had been released at an uninhabited, forested site in the inland ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • CSIRO/Gordon TAFE partner-up to boost biosafety

    Signed in Geelong, the agreement is the first step towards establishing a specialised international bio-containment training course for people working in, or seeking to work in the two highest designated biosafety level laboratories – BSL3 and BSL4. According to AAHL Director, Dr Martyn Jeggo, the need for high-level bio-containment training is mounting rapidly as global outbreaks of emerging ...

  • A layered approach to biosafety in Southern Africa

    A layered and cooperative approach would help Southern African countries harmonise their biosafety laws, says Julius Mugwagwa. African countries have debated the pros and cons of modern biotechnologies for the best part of two decades. For Southern Africa, the debate changed fundamentally with the 2002–2003 food emergency. The region had faced food emergencies before, but this crisis posed an ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Participants at UN-backed meeting agree to work towards rules on biosafety

    More than 2,000 participants attending a week-long biosafety meeting have agreed to work towards legally binding rules for liability and redress for potential damage caused by the movements of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports. The participants at the fourth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in ...


    By United Nations

  • Thousands gather for meeting on UN-backed treaty on biosafety

    More than 3000 participants from 147 countries have assembled in Bonn, the former German capital, for the start of a week-long meeting on how to improve their commitments to ensuring the safe use of modern biotechnology as outlined under a United Nations-backed treaty. The fourth meeting of the parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, itself a supplementary agreement to the Convention on ...


    By United Nations

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