Kelsey Gregg

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Norway’s Anders Breivik: Biological Weapons

Below is an except from “NORWAY’S ANDERS BREIVIK: WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND THE POLITICS OF CULTURAL DESPAIR,” a preliminary analysis written by Charles P. Blair, Kelsey Gregg, & Jonathan Garbose. Please visit the full report for further analysis of the treatise and the CBRN weapons discussed within. Overview Along with other CBRN, Breivik calls […]

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Globalizing Biosecurity: The Virtual Biosecurity Center

Dr. Nishal Mohan, Biosecurity Program Manager at the Federation of American Scientists and the Executive Director of the Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC), spoke on the subject of ‘Globalizing Biosecurity: The Virtual Biosecurity Center’ at Princeton University on April 8, 2011. This talk is part of the Princeton Biosecurity Seminar Series, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. […]

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Illicit Global Trade in Botulinum Neurotoxin

The world market in counterfeit pharmaceuticals is estimated to be worth some $75 billion annually.  A couple million dollars worth of this trade can be attributed to the trade of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT), an extremly potent toxin that, at very low doses, is commonly used in both cosmetic,  e.g. BoTox, and therapeutic medical treatments.  Because […]

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Anthrax Outbreak in Bangladesh

An anthrax outbreak in Bangladesh has infected more than 500 individuals since August 18th.  The infections were acquired from eating or handling contaminated cattle.   In one instance, a man purchased a cow which became ill a few days later.  He brought the cow to a veterinarian where it was vaccinated against anthrax.  This would have […]

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Prof. Thomas Butler – Miami International Airport

Prof. Thomas Butler, who was indicted in early 2003 of various charges including improperly transporting samples of plague bacteria (Yersinia Pestis) into the United States, was held overnight at the Miami International Airport after TSA agents found a “suspicious” metal canister in his bag, which they thought could be a pipe bomb. After searching for […]

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Guest Blog: Agricultural Biosecurity

This post was researched and written by our bright, young summer intern, Sasha M. In today’s media-thick world, an issue that comes up with surprising infrequence is biosecurity. Perhaps this is related to the fact that spell-check just came up to tell me it wasn’t a word. But Webster-compliant or not, biosecurity is a real […]

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Position Filled: Project Manager for Biosecurity, Education

The Biosecurity Program at the Federation of American Scientists is expanding. Job Title: Project Manager for Biosecurity Location: Washington, D.C. Description: FAS is looking for a smart, energetic individual to help manage the Biosecurity Program and further develop existing research programs on biological and chemical weapons. Job duties include developing high-quality educational material, including expanding […]

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Update: RNAi Based Treatments for Ebola

Another RNAi based treatment for Ebola has been developed. Researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) found that >60% of monkeys given a lethal dose of Zaire Ebola virus survived after treatment with AVI-6002, a targeted, positively charged, anti-sense phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers (PMO) developed by AVI BioPharma . Another targeted […]

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Biosecurity Mini-history: Early Use of Bioweapons

While most people today think of biological weapons as a relatively modern advancement, it is important to recognize that their existence predates recorded human history. Ancient civilizations had a working knowledge of plant and animal toxins, as well as of devastating diseases such as plague and smallpox.  While these people had yet to discover the […]

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Compliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC)

This week the State Department released the unclassified version of a report on specific countries’  “Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Committees” (henceforth referred to as the Compliance Report). One section of this report covers compliance issues with the Biological and Toxins Weapon Convention (BWC, aka BTWC).  The Compliance […]

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