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'The 6th Extinction:' A Talk with James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is more than a thriller author. He's a veterinarian, a man of science, and writes best-selling novels evocative of Michael Crichton and Isaac Asimov, but with a uniquely imaginative flavor of their own.

Protecting Our Children From Bioterrorism Requires Testing Of Anthrax Vaccine

Tia Powell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tia Powell

Last month, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a thoughtful report recommending against studying the anthrax vaccine in children. I might have agreed, had I not spent a year co-chairing an IOM report on protecting the public from a deadly anthrax attack.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Hacking Obama's DNA?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.15.2012 | Science

I was recently asked to join HuffPost Live Producer/Host Jacob Soboroff for a conversation prompted by an article published in The Atlantic called "Ha...

Costly Biodefense Lab Criticized In New Report

Reuters | Kevin Murphy | Posted 09.12.2012 | Science

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Reuters) - The United States should consider scaling down ambitious plans for a $1 billion laborat...

Andrea Stone

Obama Administration Spurned Chicago's Request For NATO Summit Emergency Supplies

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's administration refused a request from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to position a large cache of medical supplies in his city in...

Andrea Stone

Congress -- Where Committee Power Trumps Bioterror Protection

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four years after a congressionally mandated commission warned that bioterrorism poses the greatest threat to the nation, the form...

Lynne Peeples

Bioterror Death Germs Thrive In Labs, Nature, As U.S. Funding Withers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.10.2012 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. In early October 2001, just da...

Andrea Stone

Scientist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Says U.S. Is Unprepared For Bioterrorism

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

One of the nation's preeminent scientists is speaking out for the first time about what he says is the government's failure to coordinate preparations...

Andrea Stone

'Security Theater': 8 Ways Washington Spends Money Without Making You Safer

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The good news first. Government homeland security agencies are moving toward a more rational, risk-based system of protection. Now th...

Sorry, But Bird Flu Bioterrorism Is Much Harder Than It Sounds

Scott Thill | Posted 03.25.2012 | Science
Scott Thill

It may be more of an existential threat than current global pandemics like AIDS or climate change, but it doesn't make it a workable bioweapon.

The Erosion of U.S. Emergency Preparedness

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Levi

Since September 11 and anthrax, we've released the "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism" in partnership with...

Scientists Create Virus That Could Kill Millions

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

It sounds like the setup for a Hollywood thriller: scientists in a lab create a virus as contagious as the flu that kills half of those infected. We'r...

Anthrax Attacks: Report On Bruce Ivins Faults Army In 2001 Mailings

latimes.com | David Willman, Special to the Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Army scientist believed responsible for the 2001 anthrax letter attacks that killed five people and crippled mail delivery in parts of the country...

Are We Ready for a Biological Attack?

James A. Joyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James A. Joyce

There has been much discussion as to how Congress and the president should ensure that the U.S. is safe from a bioterrorist attack. But there has been relatively little discussion in comparison as to how we would respond if an attack did occur.

Suburban Moms Confront Domestic Terror Threats -- With Purell

Julianna W. Miner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Julianna W. Miner

Mommies understand the importance of security. In fact, it's safe to say that we represent the real frontline in domestic security. The threats we deal with are real. They are imminent. They are snotty.

Crying Wolf: The Terrorist Crop-Duster

Dr. Lynn C. Klotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Lynn C. Klotz

Biological weapons for the foreseeable future are far more easily stolen than made. And there are already institutionalized measured in place to address this. But they will need to be strengthened.

U.S. Unprepared For Bioterrorist Attack, Panel Says

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to unveil a new plan for a better and quicker response to bioterrori...

Why Weren't H1N1 Vacccines Available for Our Children Before School Started?

Sen. Bob Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bob Graham

Whether the threat is from naturally occurring disease or bioterrorism, the United States needs to be able to produce vaccines and other medicines faster and less expensively.

Biolabs Multiplying Like Rabbits: A Clear and Present Danger

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

The dangers posed by biolabs often fly under the radar, but that may be changing. The public would do well to question the knee-jerk "security at all costs" policy of the federal government.

DHS Dead Fish Lady Suspended

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

Maureen McCarthy, the DHS bioweapons official who caused a minor sensation when she brought a mystery fish and white powder to her downtown office, is "on leave for awhile."

How Prepared is Your State for Bioterror and Health Emergencies?

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

People often say 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina were 'wake up calls' to the country. But in the field of public health, we think of them more like snooze alarms.

WMD Attack Likely In Next Five Years, Panel Says

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan commission is asserting the country should expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or biological weapons sometime in t...

Bias At Homeland Security Led To Poor Site For $451 Mil. Lab

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department swept aside evaluations of government experts and named Mississippi _ home to powerful U.S. lawmak...

Terror from the Inside

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Our "reason" for developing an arsenal of biological weapons is that the US needs to learn how to prevent attacks from deranged outsiders. Now we have another reminder that the enemy may be us.