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Possible Game-Changing Antibiotics from Soil Bacterium

Researchers have found a potential drug to fight the evolving antibiotic crisis, buried just underfoot in the soil in Maine. Named teixobactin, the promising target was discovered by a team led by Kim Lewis...

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UC Davis Working to Help Speed Ebola Drug Production

Researchers at the University of California, Davis will explore ways to speed production of the Ebola drug with a $200,000 rapid-response grant from the National Science Foundation. Developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San...

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Kansas Approves Additional Funds for Biodefense Facility

The state of Kansas has agreed to authorize an additional $231 million in bonds to help finance the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility under construction near Manhattan, according to reporting from the Associated Press....

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Turkish Marxist group claims Istanbul suicide bombing

BBC – A banned Marxist group in Turkey says it carried out Tuesday’s suicide bombing in Istanbul in which the female bomber and a policeman died. The DHKP-C said on its website “our sacrificial...

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GAO criticises DoD BMD report

A US General Accountability Office (GAO) report published on 1 December has criticised the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) June 2014 Regional Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) report for only partially addressing the alignment of...

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Support Contract for JPEO Chemical and Biological Defense

The U.S. Army issued an updated draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for Joint Enterprise-Contracted Logistics and Services Support (JE-CLaSS) in support of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). The...

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Fighting the Islamic State: U.S. Objectives

By Erik Goepner “Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL,” said President Obama during his national address on 10 September 2014. Since then, the destruction of the Islamic State has...

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New Findings May Help Combat Enterovirus D68

New research findings point toward a class of compounds that could be effective in combating infections caused by enterovirus D68, which has stricken children with serious respiratory infections and might be associated with polio-like...

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Cubic Awarded 10M Air Force CBRN Contract

The U.S. Department of Defense has recently awarded a notable contract related to the field of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense: Cubic Applications Inc, San Diego, California, has been awarded a $9,900,000...

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DHS Funds Further Development of Anthrax Diagnostic

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced intentions to issue a new sole source contract to Omni Array Biotechnology for the continued development of its laboratory-based B....

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Analysis: UN peacekeepers struggle against IEDs in Mali

Key Points MINUSMA suffered more than 100 casualties in 2014, with IEDs proving the largest single threat The mission is trying to improve its counter-IED capabilities, including through the acquisition of mine-protected vehicles for...

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