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Children Will Not Be Given Anthrax Vaccine, For Now
2011-10-31 11:40:45

A government advisory board said on Friday that for now, children will not be given an anthrax vaccine. The board said that ethical issues need to be resolved before the vaccine can be tested in children to be sure it is safe. The government has stockpiled the vaccine due to concerns of terrorist using it as a biological weapon. The National Biodefense Science Board said on Friday that a separate review board should look into the ethical issues of doing such tests in children. The...

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2011-02-16 07:28:57

A review released Tuesday by a panel of scientific experts casts doubt on FBI evidence that Bruce Ivins, a U.S. Army researcher, committed the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001. The report by the National Research Council (NRC), part of the National Academy of Sciences, questioned the link between a flask of anthrax bacteria in Ivins' Maryland laboratory and the anthrax-laced letters mailed to lawmakers and members of the news media in New York City and Washington, D.C., which killed five...

2008-09-25 06:00:03

By Dan Vergano and Steve Sternberg The FBI never examined anthrax samples from the 2001 contamination of a biodefense lab that was covered up by their lead suspect in the anthrax mailings -- a decision that one of the FBI's leading anthrax experts calls "weird." Researcher Bruce Ivins in 2002 confessed to cleaning up the office contamination without telling anyone during an Army investigation at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. Ivins...

2008-08-12 03:00:26

WASHINGTON - The anthrax killer spurred a whole new branch of science that could give the nation a head start in the next emergency - whether it's investigating more bioterrorism or even a food poisoning outbreak. It's called microbial forensics, a way of using a germ's genetics to help exonerate or incriminate much as human DNA can today. Microbes, whether bacteria or viruses, have unique genetic signatures that can allow scientists to tell even the most closely related strains...

2008-08-07 09:00:04

By Lara Jakes Jordan and Matt Apuzzo Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The murder weapon was a flask. Army scientist Bruce Ivins was the anthrax killer whose mailings took five lives and rattled the nation in 2001, prosecutors asserted Wednesday, alleging he had in his lab a container of the lethal, highly purified spores involved and access to the distinctive envelopes used to mail them. Making its points against Ivins, a brilliant yet deeply troubled man who committed suicide last week,...

2008-08-07 06:00:45

By Josh Mitchell, The Baltimore Sun Aug. 7--In the months leading up to the 2001 anthrax scare, Bruce E. Ivins had sought help from a psychiatrist, started taking antidepressants and repeatedly told a friend he was frightened by bouts of paranoia and depression. Yet even as his mental condition appeared to be deteriorating, Ivins maintained a government security clearance that gave him access to some of the world's most deadly pathogens. Details about Ivins' mental state in 2000 and...

2008-08-07 06:00:03

By Donna Leinwand, Ken Dilanian, Steve Sternberg and Dan Vergano WASHINGTON -- On several nights before the anthrax attacks in September and October 2001, bioweapons scientist Bruce Ivins repeatedly spent long periods alone in a secure laboratory that housed a strain of the lethal bacteria. He later "could provide no legitimate reason" for his after-hours work to investigators, who used new DNA technology to match the specific strain of spores in Ivins' lab with the one used in the attacks....

2008-08-06 18:00:03

The FBI said Wednesday Bruce Ivins was behind the 2001anthrax letter attacks and the government could have proven his guilt if a case had gone to trial. "We are confident Dr. Ivins was the only person responsible" for the anthrax scare that killed five people and force thousands to receive vaccines, Jeffry Taylor, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said in a news conference announcing the unsealing of documents related to the investigation. Ivins, who committed suicide last week...

2008-08-06 15:00:04

By Dave Altimari, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Aug. 6--A few months before he was targeted in the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld questioning whether the anthrax vaccine the military was giving soldiers was unsafe and should be discontinued. The letter, obtained by The Courant, was written with the help of a number of Connecticut officials. They were concerned about complaints from local National...

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2008-08-06 12:15:00

Documents related to the FBI's investigation into the deadly 2001 anthrax scare were unsealed Wednesday by a U.S. federal judge in Washington Government officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller, were to brief victims and families of those who died before the documents would be made public, CNN reported. Five people died and thousands were forced to take antibiotics after anthrax-laden letters were mailed to media outlets and two U.S. senators in 2001. Among other things, the...


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