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  • 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

  • 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

  • Biosafety meeting `must address GM insects`

    International rules drawn up for genetically modified (GM) crops must be altered as soon as possible to deal with GM insects that will start emerging from labs soon, according to a researcher. While the 2003 Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety — an international agreement to protect biodiversity from the risks of GM organisms (GMOs) — also applies to GM mosquitoes, it was formulated with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Meeting puts socioeconomic impact on biosafety agenda

    An international treaty meeting on biosafety has recommended to include the socioeconomic aspects of living modified organisms (LMOs) along with scientific research on their impact on health and ...


    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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • US Labor Department`s OSHA concludes fatality investigation at San Francisco VA Medical Center research laboratory, issues violation notices

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a notice of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions to the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center after concluding its investigation into the death of Richard Din, a research associate at the center's research laboratory in April 2012. The notice consists of three serious violations for failing to ...

  • GM chickens: a solution for bird flu?

    Genetically modified (GM) chickens could help stop transmission of bird flu, which first emerged in 1996 in China and has since killed or caused the culling of millions of chickens worldwide. Since making a jump to humans in 1997, bird flu has also killed over 300 people. It remains one of the diseases with a potential to cause a pandemic and is a major drawback for the poultry industry, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Synthetic biology: built-in barriers could prevent interactions with natural biology

    A recent analysis highlights advances in the field of synthetic biology and efforts to develop approaches that will prevent non-natural organisms from interfering with natural organisms and ecosystems. It suggests that synthetic organisms could be developed with inbuilt ‘firewalls’ that prevent genetic interactions with other organisms. Synthetic biology is a rapidly emerging ...

  • GM mosquito wild release takes campaigners by surprise

    Experts in the safety of genetically modified (GM) organisms have expressed concern over the release of GM mosquitoes into the wild on the Cayman Islands, which was publicised internationally only last month — a year after their initial release. The trial of the OX513A strain of the dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito, developed by UK biotechnology company Oxitec, was carried out on ...


    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

  • Rifts emerge in scientists’ views on safety of GMOs

    Claims of there being a scientific consensus that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe are misleading and misrepresentative with potentially dangerous effect on regulation of GMOs, says a group of scientists. The statement was signed last week (21 October) by an international group of 93 scientists, academics and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 28 July–August 11 2010

    Below is a round up of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 28 July–August 11 2010. Uganda's effort to curb methane emissions is a global first Uganda has registered a programme with a series of activities aimed at cutting down methane emissions, according to the World Bank. The programme will promote financially and environmentally sustainable waste composting ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Free Mold Sampling Webinar hosting by EMSL

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. will be hosting “The Basics of Mold Sampling for an IAQ Investigation” free webinar on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM EST. Dr. Jason Dobranic, EMSL Analytical, Inc.’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences, will host the webinar and discuss different methodologies for mold sampling. The webinar will cover the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EMSL Will Host a Free Legionella & ASHRAE 188 Webinar

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. will be hosting a free webinar, “Legionella & ASHRAE 188 – Investigation, Prevention, and Control” on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST. Dr. Jason Dobranic, EMSL Analytical, Inc.’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences, will host the webinar and discuss fundamental information regarding legionella and ASHRAE 188. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Invasive species: monitoring system aims to protect vulnerable Antarctic

    Better monitoring is needed to safeguard the Antarctic against threats posed by invasive alien species, according to a new study. The authors developed ‘the Antarctic Biological Invasions Indicator’ (ABII) to help generate data for tracking trends in alien invasions and the measures taken to prevent them. Invasive alien species are a leading threat to biodiversity. Currently, there ...

  • China urged to take technological risk more seriously

    Like many other countries, China is currently reviewing the safety of its nuclear power programme following the damage caused by Japan's tsunami to the Fukushima nuclear plant in March, promising that 'full safety checks' of existing reactors would be carried out. Although the government has also suspended approval of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Biodiversity meeting calls for more science-based information

    An international meeting on biodiversity has called for more science-based information, the closure of knowledge gaps, and increased precaution, in the emerging fields of synthetic biology and geoengineering (climate engineering). Two decisions related to these areas, among a set of 34 decisions adopted at the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Bertin Technologies acquires Saphymo strengthening instrumentation and systems division for nuclear, defense and environment

    Bertin Technologies, a subsidiary of the French industrial group CNIM1, finalized the takeover of the Saphymo Group, a French leader in systems for detecting and monitoring ionizing radiation. As a result, it has strengthened its scientific instrumentation and systems division and become the only French industrialist to offer a full range that covers both: detection and identification of ...


    By Bertin Instruments

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