Updated 14.06.2018

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Welcome to Biosecurity Insight

Are you interested in news on responsible science, the latest developments and best practices on biosecurity and biopreparedness?

We want to give you solid knowledge and inspiring news on the status and development of global biosecurity and biopreparedness. The aim of the newsletter is to strengthen the global network of biosecurity and biopreparedness professionals.

 

Current and previous newsletters

 

Vol. 3/2018

Vol. 2/2018

Vol. 1/2018

 


 

 

Featured news in vol. 3/2018

 

                                                                                   

Editorial: Moral countermeasures

Ever since Hippocrates (460-370 BC), physicians have had a set of ethical principles to guide their behaviour. Among these principles is a promise not to use their skills to harm anybody.

 

 

 

Influenza still surprises

It has been around forever. It is highly dangerous. And we know a lot less about it than you think. Fortunately, we are starting to understand its transmission mechanisms and weaponisation risk.

How much security in biosecurity?

Over the last couple of decades, it has been possible to observe various trends within the broader field of what is termed biosecurity. One of these trends has been to what degree security has actually been part of biosecurity.

Drones and robots as first responders

When facing a suspected scene of a biological attack, safety of the first responders is key. Drones and robots may support diagnosis of biological weapon use in the future.

Superbugs as weapons

Multi-resistant bacteria have been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being a major threat to human health. Furthermore, their possible weapon potential may magnify this threat.

Why are biological weapons a taboo?

Multi-resistant bacteria have been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as being a major threat to human health. Furthermore, their possible weapon potential may magnify this threat.

Worldwide biosecurity resources

Reach out to the relevant institution, using the contact information in the catalogue: Action Package Prevent 3 Biosafety and Biosecurity Resource Catalogue.

 

  

Featured news in vol. 2/2018

 

                                                                                   

Editorial: Are genetic weapons for real?

Genetic differences between ethnic groups or populations are increasingly being characterised.

 

 

Biosecurity concepts and misconceptions

The term biosecurity has many meanings and is valued differently. In biosecurity administration and scientific communities alike, a common understanding is key to successful implementation.

The threat of vaccine shortages

The current trend of global recurring vaccine shortages has serious public health implications. Also, it can affect global preparedness against bioterrorism.

When legitimate materials are misused

Countries can unwillingly become suppliers of material to build biological weapons or other weapons of mass destruction.

Epigenetics and weapon exposure

Countries can unwillingly become suppliers of material to build biological weapons or other weapons of mass destruction.

Gene editing – enhancing science and ourselves

Can your personal epigenetic signature reveal exposure to chemical, biological, radiological and explosive agents?


In need of biosecurity publications?

The Danish Centre for Biosecurity and Biopreparedness offers inspirational and informative biosecurity publications, designed to fit a wide range of needs.

  

Featured news in vol. 1/2018

                                                                            

Editorial: Biosecurity enables development

Biosecurity is a global necessity. Securing bacteria and viruses isolated from patients or sick animals, wherever they may be obtainable, is not only an international obligation, but also in the common interest of us all.

Plague in Madagascar contained

After four months of battling a large plague outbreak, the Government of Madagascar has now declared the outbreak contained.

Photo: Colourbox

Kenyan universities are at the forefront of biosecurity

Workshops can be an excellent way of learning and so far 300 Kenyan participants have engaged in biosecurity workshops across Kenya.


Biosecurity screening of DNA primers

Gene synthesis has never been easier and more accessible. Gene function and metabolic engineering can now be investigated at a much faster pace.

 

Photo: Colourbox

Polish bio-warriors in WWII

Under which circumstances could weapons of mass destruction be used? This is one of the more troubling questions today, considering the use of chemical weapons in Syria in recent years and the fact that North Korea is racing ahead developing nuclear weapons.

Shortcomings of global biosecurity

The Nuclear Threat Initiative has developed an analysis of the WHO Joint External Evaluation reports for 39 countries regarding biosecurity and biosafety.

Want to become a biosecurity expert?

If you’re interested in improving your knowledge and skills in the field of biosecurity and biopreparedness, CBB offers courses for both Danish and international participants – at CBB or at your organisation.

Contact us

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Statens Serum Institut

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