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    Inside America's secretive biolabs

    Inside America's secretive biolabs

    05/25/2015

    "Vials of bioterror bacteria have gone missing. Lab mice infected with deadly viruses have escaped, and wild rodents have been found making nests with research waste. Cattle infected in a university's vaccine experiments were repeatedly sent to slaughter and their meat sold for human consumption. Gear meant to protect lab workers from lethal viruses such as Ebola and bird flu has failed, repeatedly.

    A USA TODAY Network investigation reveals that hundreds of lab mistakes, safety violations and near-miss incidents have occurred in biological laboratories coast to coast in recent years, putting scientists, their colleagues and sometimes even the public at risk.

    Oversight of biological research labs is fragmented, often secretive and largely self-policing, the investigation found. And even when research facilities commit the most egregious safety or security breaches — as more than 100 labs have — federal regulators keep their names secret.

    Of particular concern are mishaps occurring at institutions working with the world's most dangerous pathogens in biosafety level 3 and 4 labs — the two highest levels of containment that have proliferated since the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001. Yet there is no publicly available list of these labs, and the scope of their research and safety records are largely unknown to most state health departments charged with responding to disease outbreaks.

    Even the federal government doesn't know where they all are, the Government Accountability Office has warned for years.

    A team of reporters who work for the USA TODAY Network of Gannett newspapers and TV stations identified more than 200 of these high-containment lab facilities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia operated by government agencies, universities and private companies. They're scattered across the country from the heart of New York City to a valley in Montana; from an area near Seattle's Space Needle to just a few blocks from Kansas City's Country Club Plaza restaurant and shopping district.

    High-profile lab accidents last year with anthrax, Ebola and bird flu at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the discovery of forgotten vials of deadly smallpox virus at the National Institutes of Health raised widespread concerns about lab safety and security nationwide and whether current oversight is adequate to protect workers and the public.

    Wednesday the Department of Defense disclosed one of its labs in Utah mistakenly sent samples of live anthrax -- instead of killed specimens – to labs across the USA plus a military base in South Korea where 22 people are now being treated with antibiotics because of their potential exposure to the bioterror pathogen. As many as 18 labs in nine states received the samples, the CDC said Thursday.

    "What the CDC incidents showed us ... is that the very best labs are not perfectly safe," says Marc Lipsitch, a Harvard University professor of epidemiology. "If it can happen there, it certainly can happen anywhere."

    Some people find little reassurance that nobody was sickened in the CDC accidents or in the historically low numbers of serious infections among lab workers generally, or that infections spreading into communities surrounding labs have been rarer still.

    "Many of us think that's really a matter of good fortune," said Beth Willis, who chairs a citizen lab advisory panel in Frederick, Md., home to one of the nation's largest high-containment research campuses at the Army's Fort Detrick.

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    Chinese officials are turning the tables on the United States by calling for an investigation into federal American bio labs for the discovery of coronavirus origins. China’s blame game has erupted as the global community calls for a new, independent investigation into the origins of the global pandemic which has killed 3.85 million people around the world so far.Chinese officials are turning the tables on the United States by calling for an investigation into federal American bio labs for the discovery of coronavirus origins.

    China’s blame game has erupted as the global community calls for a new, independent investigation into the origins of the global pandemic which has killed 3.85 million people around the world so far.

    China turns the tables on US by calling for investigation into American bio labs | The Australian



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    Fucking hell are the chinkies *still* trying to blame everyone else for the Wuhan virus?


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Fucking hell are the chinkies *still* trying to blame everyone else for the Wuhan virus?
    Their minds are still firmly stuck in the last century

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    They must think that the propaganda they put out which many of their own people wont swallow, is going to cut it in the west where the press would be on a local western lab leak like flies on a turd.
    Could you imagine chinese journalists at "The BeijingPost" publishing a chinese Watergate like cover up in China?
    Sorry.. I forgot that would be standard government practice there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Chinese officials are turning the tables on the United States by calling for an investigation into federal American bio labs for the discovery of coronavirus origins.
    US should agree to that under the condition that China give out the same amount of info from the Wuhan lab that US gives out from their labs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Chinese officials are turning the tables on the United States
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Fucking hell are the chinkies *still* trying to blame everyone else for the Wuhan virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Their minds are still firmly stuck in the last century
    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    They must think that the propaganda they put out which many of their own people wont swallow, is going to cut it in the west where the press would be on a local western lab leak like flies on a turd.
    Could you imagine chinese journalists at "The BeijingPost" publishing a chinese Watergate like cover up in China?
    Sorry.. I forgot that would be standard government practice there.
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    US should agree to that under the condition that China give out the same amount of info from the Wuhan lab that US gives out from their labs.
    U.S. operates over 200 military biological laboratories worldwide
    U.S. operates over 200 military biological laboratories worldwide - CGTN

    (but who will believe Chinkies?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Inside America's secretive biolabs
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