Second Act, Playing in Laboratories
by Lawrence K. Altman
"When the SARS epidemic
ended last July, experts were concerned that it
would come back from wherever it hid in nature.
But officials of the World Health Organization were
just as worried about a new epidemic emerging from
a SARS sample that escaped from one of the many
laboratories working with it.
Those fears were confirmed by two accidents in Singapore
and Taiwan in August and December."
Monkey Teaches Biodefense Lab a Lesson on the
Hazards of Secrecy
"Davis citizens were
understandably angered when the story broke
on Monday that a monkey had escaped from UCD's
primate breeding facility, which rears animals
for biodefense experiments. University officials
had been hiding the story for ten days...UCD
says the rhesus monkey...is disease-free; but
citizens are asking the obvious questions: Why
did UCD keep the escape secret?"
labs unsafe, says WHO: Scientific advisors call for international
regime to regulate pathogens Biocontainment
by Robert Walgate
"In a recent update on
the lab error that led to escapes of the virus from the Institute
of Virology in Beijing, WHO said the SARS virus is being held
in some laboratories around the world at an "inappropriate
Labs are biggest SARS Threat
by Steve Mitchell
"The recent case of a Taiwanese man
who contracted SARS while working with the virus in a laboratory
underscores the need for developing better safeguard procedures
for scientific research with the disease..."