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December

Mutant bird flu: “Playing with fire.” WebMD.com. (12-27-2011). Drs. Tom Inglesby and D.A. Henderson and Ms. Anita Cicero are mentioned in this article.

Bird flu study controversy could lead to research chill. Canadian Press/CTV. (12-27-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted.

Bird flu researchers fear gov't block may stall scientific progress. CBS News/AP. (12-27-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted.

Debate persists on deadly flu made airborne. New York Times. (12-26-2011) Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted.

When is it acceptable to censor science? The Takeaway. (12-22-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson was a guest on this radio show.

Killer-flu debate: Should mutant H5N1 have been created? LiveScience.com. (12-22-2011). This article mentions the Center's commentary regarding publishing the results of a study in which researchers modified the H5N1 avian flu virus so that it became transmissible among ferrets.

Bird-flu data spur alarm; Federal officials ask journals to limit studies' details, citing bioterorrism risk. Wall Street Journal. (12-22-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted in this article.

Secret science. On Point with Tom Ashbrook (WBUR Boston Public Radio). (12-22-2011). Listen. Dr. D.A. Henderson was a guest on this radio show.

Killer flu research to be censored. New Scientist. (12-21-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted in this article.

US-Regierung empfiehlt Forschern zu schweigen. Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany). (12-21-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby is mentioned in this article.

Forschungsarbeiten über gefährliches H5N1-Virus werden zurückgehalten. Heise Online (Germany). (12-21-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby is mentioned in this article.

Terror fear as scientists DELIBERATELY create 'Armageddon' bird flu virus in lab. Daily Mail (UK). (12-21-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted in this report.

House panel wants more details on smallpox drug contract. Los Angeles Times. (12-20-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted in this article.

Scientists told not to share deadly virus info. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. (12-20-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby was interviewed for this report.

Federal panel asks journals to censor reports of lab-created ‘bird flu.’ Washington Post. (12-20-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Scientists agree to 'unprecedented' withholding of flu-virus research; U.S. voices national-security concerns over bird-flu findings. National Journal. (12-20-2011).
This article mentions the Center's commentary regarding publishing the results of a study in which researchers modified the H5N1 avian flu virus so that it became transmissible among ferrets.

Dangerous bird-flu papers should be partly censored, federal panel says. Chronicle of Higher Education. (12-20-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted in this article.

U.S. asks journals not to publish details of controversial bird flu studies. The Canadian Press/Winnepeg Free Press. (12-20-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted in this article.

Details of lab-made bird flu won't be revealed. Associated Press/MSNBC. (12-20-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted in this article.

Deadly bird flu strain created by scientists sparks terror fears. The Huffington Post UK. (12-20-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby is quoted in this report.

UW bird flu research seen as bioterror threat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Journal. (12-16-2011). This article mentions the Center's commentary regarding publishing the results of a study in which researchers modified the H5N1 avian flu virus so that it became transmissible among ferrets.

Deadly flu virus created in the lab. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. (12-15-2011).  Dr. Tom Inglesby is featured as an expert in this report.

E-mails questioned huge contract for firm with ties to Obama administration. CNN.com. (12-09-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is quoted in this report.

Sweetheart deal with your money. CNN: Anderson Cooper 360°. (12-08-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson was interviewed for this program.

Ptasia grypa z laboratorium. Rzeczpospolita (Poland). (12-07-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby is mentioned in this report.

Vytvorili supervírus: Ničivejší ako antrax, dokáže vyhladiť polovicu ľudstva! Topky.sk (Slovakia). (12-02-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby is mentioned in this report.

Des scientifiques créent une variante extrêmement dangereuse du virus H5N1. France 24. (12-02-2011). Dr. Tom Inglesby is mentioned in this report.

November

Scientists create lethal human strain of avian flu in test tube-now seek to publish formula for how it's done. Forbes. (11-29-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Super bird flu strain created by scientists is a recipe for disaster. NewJerseyNewsroom.com. (11-29-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Biowaffe vogelgrippe. Deutschland Radio. (11-28-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson was interviewed for this report on German public radio.

Bioterror fears could block crucial flu research. New Scientist. (11-21-2011). Drs. Thomas Inglesby and D.A. Henderson were interviewed for this article. This report is also quoted in The Scientist, The Sunday Times (London), and on Gawker.com

Debate rages over new bird flu research; some argue it's not safe to publish. Canadian Press. (11-19-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby was interviewed for this report, which also appeared in Global Winnepeg, Winnepeg Free Press, Toronto Star, McLean's Magazine, and on CBC Radio Canada.

Senate PAHPA reauthorization would expand EUA, Animal Model. FDA Week. (11-18-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby's testimony before Congress is quoted in this report.

Bird flu experiment rattles bioterrorism experts. Morning Edition on NPR. (11-17-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby was interviewed for this report, and he was subsequently quoted in Forbes, Huffington PostNewJerseyNewsroom.com, RT.com, Sydney MX (Australia), BioPrepWatchDaily Mail (UK), CIDRAP News.

Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal Los Angeles Times. (11-13-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson was interviewed.

The power to save lives Forbes. (11-02-2011). Dr. D.A. Henderson is named as one of 7 individuals identified by Bill Gates as “vaccine heroes.”

Lieberman Expresses Interest in Using EHRS for Biosurviellance. Inside Health Reform. (11-02-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby is quoted in this report.

Senate Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs Committee Conducts Hearing On Ten Years After 9/11 And Anthrax Attacks. US Fed News. (11-02-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby is listed as a participant in this Congressional hearing.

'Everybody just sort of froze': Condoleezza Rice reveals the moment she thought President Bush had been poisoned. Daily Mail (UK). (11-01-2011). The Center is referenced in this article.

October

Anthrax labs are secure, Battelle says. Columbus Dispatch (OH). (10-27-2011). Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall is quoted in this article.

There’s not nearly enough vaccine to go around. New York Times Magazine. (10-26-2011). Drs. Thomas Inglesby and D.A. Henderson are mentioned in this article.

Army to stop using monkeys in nerve-agent response program. Global Security Newswire. (10-14-2011). Dr. Eric Toner is quoted in this article.

U.S. better prepared for bioterror, experts say. Global Security Newswire. (10-14-2011). Dr. Thomas Inglesby is quoted.

Army to phase out animal nerve-agent testing. Washington Post. (10-13-2011). Dr. Eric Toner is quoted in this article.

Questions remain 10 years after anthrax mailings. The Gazette (MD). (10-12-2011): The Center’s annual analysis of federal biodefense funding is referenced.

Ten years on from anthrax scare, analysis lags behind sequencing. Nature Medicine. (10-11-2011):  Dr. Thomas Inglesby is quoted in this article.

A decade after the 'Amerithrax' attacks, is the nation better prepared? St. Louis Beacon. (10-10-2011): Dr. Eric Toner is quoted in this article.

Possible select agent reshuffle adheres to biosecurity panel. Global Security Newswire. (10-06-2011): Dr. Gigi Gronvall is quoted in this article.

Experts optimistic at U.S. biosecurity outlook. BioPrepWatch. (10-06-2011): Drs. Thomas Inglesby and D.A. Henderson are quoted in this article that covered the Center’s Charting the Future of Biosecurity conference convened October 4, 2011.

Scientists warn melioidosis bacteria is growing more hardy. Global Security Newswire. (10-04-2011): The Center for Biosecurity is referenced as a source for this article.

My word: take charge before disaster strikes: op ed by Bob Graham and Jim Talent. Orlando Sentinel. (10-03-2011): The Center for Biosecurity's work on nuclear preparedness is cited in this commentary.

September

U.S. biodefenses improve, but new threats develop. Global Security Newswire. (09-30-2011): Dr. Eric Toner comments about the state of U.S. public health preparedness.

Strides in biodefense follow 2001 anthrax scare. USA Today.  (09-29-2011): Dr. Eric Toner weighs in on the state of U.S. public health preparedness.

Solyndra's failure and the importance of intelligent risks. The Atlantic. (09-29-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson, and the global smallpox eradication effort he directed, are discussed in this article.

Experts offer measures to save lives after nuclear explosion. Global Security Newswire. (09-28-2011): This article discusses the Center's Rad Resilient City initiative and quotes members of the Nuclear Resilience Expert Advisory Group, including Center Senior Associate Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana.

Strategic National Stockpile still lacking key medical treatments. Global Security Newswire. (09-27-2011): Center Director Dr. Thomas Inglesby and the Center's annual analysis of U.S. biodefense funding are referenced in this article.

Decade after anthrax attacks, worry over stockpile. Associated Press/Huffington Post. (09-26-2011): Center Director Dr. Thomas Inglesby and the Center's annual analysis of U.S. biodefense funding are referenced in this article.

Pentagon rethinks bioterror effort: critics say US $1.5-billion initiative has not delivered results. Nature. (09-22-2011): Center Director Dr. Thomas Inglesby is quoted in this article that discusses the end of DARPA's TMT program as a stand-alone initiative.

Interview: Chet Nagle, author of "The Woolsorters' Plague." Family Security Matters. (09-13-2011): The Center’s annual analysis of U.S. biodefense funding is mentioned in this article.

A decade after 9/11 spending cuts challenge biodefense effort spawned by attacks. Genetic Engineering News. (09-11-2011): Center Associate Crystal Franco is quoted in this article. Analyst Tara Kirk Sell and and the Center's annual analysis of U.S. biodefense funding are referenced in this article.

BioCentury This Week. WUSA Channel 9—Washington, DC, CBS Affiliate. (09-11-2011): Center Director Dr. Thomas Inglesby was a guest on this weekly, Sunday morning political talk show, which aired Sunday, September 18, 2011.

In search of the next big attack, long after 9/11. Associated Press. (09-09-2011): Center Director Dr. Thomas Inglesby and the Center's annual analysis of U.S. biodefense funding are referenced in this article.

Biodefence since 9/11: The price of protection. Nature. (09-07-2011): The Center's annual analysis on biodefense spending is referenced for this report. 

August

Scientists man bioterror's front lines post-9/11 with sensors to warn of deadly germs. Associated Press. (08-26-2011): The Center's annual analysis on biodefense spending is referenced for this report. 

Bioagent detection web covers most of U.S. populace. Global Security Newswire. (08-26-2011): The Center's annual analysis on biodefense spending is referenced for this report. 

July

FYI: what is the most dangerous piece of laboratory equipment? Popular Science. (07-28-2011): Dr. Gigi Gronvall comments about the dangers of working in a lab, “the most dangerous thing is human error, and the highest containment labs are much less likely to have it."

Eradicating polio: late? Or never? The Economist. (7-21-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson is mentioned in this article.

Health officials not on track to eradicate polio. Associated Press. (07-20-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about a new report that assesses the status of polio eradication efforts, "It's very useful to get a reality check.”

Could bin Laden hunt lead to more polio? CNN. (07-13-2011): Amid concern that a CIA ruse could hamper polio eradication efforts, Dr. D.A. Henderson comments “Frankly, I doubt the CIA caper would have any negative effects on the polio program.”

June

Shot in the dark, by Charles Kenny. Foreign Policy. (06-27-2011): An article about disease eradication written by Dr. D.A. Henderson is referenced.

Op/Ed: Ridding the world of a terrible virusThe Hindu. (06-06-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson and his book are mentioned in this Op/Ed about destruction of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus.

D.A. Henderson: Lord of the ring, by John Ellis. Business Insider. (06-01-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson is referenced in this article.

May

After U.S. pressure, smallpox wins reprieve again, by Martin Enserink. Science. (05-24-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the World Health Assembly’s decision to defer the decision to destroy the smallpox virus stocks until 2014: "To me, this is regrettable but perhaps not surprising."

Public health: polio clings on in Pakistan, by Ewen Callaway. Nature. (05-25-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson offers perspective on polio eradication and the spike in polio cases in Pakistan last year: "To be experiencing polio is kind of a paradox . . . There's something seriously wrong with their health services."

WHO looks at destroying smallpox stocks, by Nell Greenfieldboyce. All Things Considered. National Public Radio. (05-18-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the WHO’s upcoming deliberations about whether to destroy the remaining stocks of smallpox virus: ”My guess is that they're going to stall and propose deferring it for another couple of years.”

Pitt scholar: destroy stockpiled strains of smallpox virus, by Andrew Conte. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. (05-17-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the upcoming WHO decision to destroy the remaining stocks of smallpox virus, "The very real reason for wanting to eradicate the virus itself is that it sends a signal to people around the world, to countries around the world, that it is regarded as an extremely dangerous virus, and no one should be working with it."

Smallpox stockpile won't be destroyed soon, U.S. says: Why not?, posted by Ryan Jaslow. CBS News/AP. (05-17-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments on WHO’s deliberations about the fate of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus, "It would be an excellent idea to destroy the smallpox viruses,…this is an organism to be greatly feared."

Destruction of smallpox strains urged. UPI. (05-17-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the WHO’s deliberations about the fate of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus, "The very real reason for wanting to eradicate the virus itself is that it sends a signal to people around the world, to countries around the world, that it is regarded as an extremely dangerous virus, and no one should be working with it."

Verdict on smallpox cache near, by Betsy McKay. Wall Street Journal. (05-16-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the upcoming WHO decision to destroy the remaining stocks of the smallpox virus: "You just can't provide 100% security," as developing countries fear for the accidental release. 

Should the US and Russia destroy their smallpox stocks?, by James Gallagher. BBC News. (05-16-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson weighs in on the upcoming WHO decision to destroy the remaining stocks of smallpox virus, “I think it's a very good idea to destroy. At this point the reasons for keeping it are very obscure.”

Pocken Risiko durch restbestände, by Von Focus-Autor Paul Klammer. Online Focus (Germany). (05-16-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson was interviewed and quoted in this article.

Has the time come to destroy smallpox for good?, by Scott Hensley. National Public Radio. (05-16-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the upcoming WHO decision to destroy the remaining stocks of smallpox virus, “At this point the reasons for keeping it are very obscure.”

Why store the smallpox virus? CNN. (05-16-2011): D.A. Henderson is interviewed for this report.

Should the world’s last smallpox virus be destroyed? CNN. (05-16-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson states that in the event of a smallpox release, "We estimate that 75% of the population is fully susceptible to smallpox."

Experts debate destroying last smallpox viruses, by Maria Cheng. Associated Press (via Huffington Post). (05-13-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the upcoming WHO decision to destroy the remaining stocks of the smallpox virus, "We have many ways of looking at smallpox, including gene mapping, that means we don't need the actual (smallpox) virus."

April

Proposed destruction of smallpox virus creates controversy, by Wynn Parry. Live Science. (04-13-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the upcoming WHO decision to destroy the remaining stocks of the smallpox virus: "If it's destroyed, the statement is made that after this date, any scientists, any lab, any country that has that smallpox virus is guilty of crimes against humanity."

U.S. health care system unprepared for major nuclear emergency, by Sheri Fink. ProPublica. (04-07-2011): Dr. Eric Toner comments about protecting citizens in the wake of an emergency: "Nature abhors a vacuum. If credible officials aren't out there constantly, that void will get filled with people who don't know what they're talking about or have different agendas."

March

Don't let polio eradication slip away again, by Debora Mackenzie. New Scientist. (03-29-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson notes about the polio eradication campaign:” For an observer like me, it is wonderful to watch.”

9 books Bill Gates thinks you should read. Christian Science Monitor. (03-25-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson's book, Smallpox—The Death of a Disease, is among the books recommended by Bill Gates.

Decontamination after radiation exposure: simpler than you may think, by Richard Knox. National Public Radio. (03-17-2011): Dr. Eric Toner talks about decontamination after exposure to radiation, "As a rule of thumb, 80 percent of decontamination is removing your clothes. . . And 95 percent is removing your clothes and taking a shower — if possible, shampooing your hair. That's all that's involved. No fancy chemicals."

Should last remaining known smallpox virus die?, by Rob Stein. Washington Post. (03-08-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson characterizes smallpox in this article about destroying the last remaining stocks: “There is no other disease that has come close to this through history in terms of killing people . . . It's been disastrous. We have to worry about the threat that it still poses."

Experts say pathogens easy to acquire, use as WMD, by Anthony Kimery. Homeland Security Today. (03-11-2011). The article "Everywhere you look, select agent pathogens," written by Kunal Rambhia, Abigail Ribner, and Gigi Gronvall, is referenced in this article.

Up-to-date information on vaccines and communicable. Efforts renewed to eradicate polio, by Ted Purlain. Vaccine News Daily. (03-01-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson weighs in on the effort to eradicate polio, "I think eradication of the wild polio virus is possible."

February

Can polio be eradicated? ABC World News. (02-26-2011): Senior Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser interviews Dr. D.A. Henderson. Watch the ABC News video.

India brings hope to stalled fight against polio, by Ravi Nessman. Associated Press/Washington Post. (02-20-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about polio eradication, "The magnitude of the task of getting from where we are right now to the end should not be underrated.”

Building biosurveillance from the ground up, by Philip Leggiere. Homeland Security Today. (02-20-2011): Ms. Jennifer Nuzzo offers insight about infectious disease survelliance, “The challenge of biosurveillance is similar to the challenges that the intelligence community has faced with terror surveillance: connecting the dots.”

First U.S. cowpox infection: acquired from lab contamination, by Sara Reardon. Science. (02-17-2011): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall discusses implications of a recent lab accident as “…one more example of many examples that speaks to the need for more vigilance” in lab research.

Can polio be eradicated? A skeptic now thinks so, by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. New York Times. (02-14-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson is encouraged about the Gates initiative, resolve, and resources committed to eradicate polio: “I see as much greatly augmented the probability that we can stop wild polio virus.”

Bill Gates: vaccine-autism link 'an absolute lie', by Danielle Dellorto. CNN. (02-04-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson is mentioned in this article.

January

Gates wants last push to finish off polio, by Kristi Heim. Seattle Times. (01-31-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson weighs in on the effort to eradicate polio: "Can it be done? I'd like to think it would or could, but I think it hangs in the balance."

Critics say Gates’s anti-polio push is misdirected, by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. New York Times. (01-31-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the s urge to eradicate polio, “Fighting polio has always had an emotional factor — the children in braces, the March of Dimes posters… But it doesn’t kill as many as measles. It’s not in the top 20.”

Gates polio goals questioned, by Andrew Jack. Financial Times (London). (01-27-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson remarks on the campaign to eradicate polio, noting that the effort had “become more of a ‘movement’ than a public health initiative capable of being examined by objective judgment.”

Bioterror fears prompt U.S. to keep its smallpox cache, by Betsy McKay. Wall Street Journal. (01-18-2011): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the upcoming WHO decision to destroy smallpox virus and he notes that "any lab, scientist or country found to have the virus after the date of destruction is de facto guilty of very serious crimes against humanity." The journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science also is mentioned in this article.

$1B effort yields no bioterror defenses: Mass. labs in line to join scaled-back pentagon program, by Bryan Bender. Boston Globe. (01-27-2011): In response to the cutback of federal funding for biodefense drug development, Ms.Crystal Franco comments, “It is different when the government is your only market. There needs to be incentives for companies to participate, to take it on for the public good.’’