TB Research: Why Should Everyone Be Worried?

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Stop TB Partnership

 

October 22, 2014 – Geneva – More than a million and a half people die from tuberculosis every year. One third of the world’s population is infected with TB and of those, 10% will develop active TB during their lifetime. TB is airborne and we are all at risk. In spite of these facts, we are fighting TB with archaic tools – we use the same vaccine and drugs that our grandparents did. But there are not enough investments in TB research, to make treatment accessible, drugs cheaper, regimens shorter and diagnostics more accurate.

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Statement on Funding Pause on Certain Types of Gain-of-Function Research

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today that the U.S. government will undertake a deliberative process to assess the risks and benefits of certain gain-of-function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses in order to develop a new Federal policy regarding the funding of this research. During this deliberative process, U.S. government agencies will institute a pause on the funding of any new studies involving these experiments. For purposes of the deliberative process and this funding pause, “GOF studies” refers to scientific research that increases the ability of any of these infectious agents to cause disease by enhancing its pathogenicity or by increasing its transmissibility among mammals by respiratory droplets.

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OSHA on Ebola

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OSHA on Ebola

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. It is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) brought on by any of several strains of viruses in the Ebolavirus genus. Ebola viruses are capable of causing severe, life-threatening disease. Many people who get EHF die from it. Workers performing tasks involving close contact with symptomatic individuals with EHF or in environments contaminated or reasonably anticipated to be contaminated with infectious body fluids are at risk of exposure. These workers may include workers in the healthcare, mortuary and death care, airline, and other travel service industries.

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Why You Should Never Cover the Airflow Grill on a Biosafety Cabinet

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Never Block the Airflow Grill

The front airflow grill on a biological safety cabinet performs the important job of separating the clean air inside the cabinet from the contaminated laboratory air outside. The front grill reduces the risk of contaminants entering the sterile work zone and disrupting the experiment inside, and they should never be covered.

Front Airflow Grill Smoke Flow Example

Smoke displays the vacuum created at the front of the cabinet by the front airflow grill.

Particular care must be taken to avoid covering the front grill, which is located beneath the window sash that separates the laboratory worker from the cabinet contents. This grill can easily be blocked by hands, arms, consumables, or laboratory equipment.

Blocking the front airflow grill on a biosafety cabinet raises the risk of the experiment inside being ruined by contaminants from outside and presents the possibility of substances inside the cabinet leaking out into the laboratory. This could present a substantial risk to the safety of laboratory workers and the local environment, particularly if the person using the cabinet is working with infectious materials.

When working in a Nuaire biosafety cabinet, always place items at least 4 inches from the front of the cabinet so that they do not block the airflow from the grill. Place bulky items to the side of the cabinet, where they will be less disruptive to the airflow.

Smoke Downflow Example

Smoke is used to display a biosafety cabinet’s laminar air downflow.

Even body parts such as arms, elbows, and hands can cover the airflow grill. Experimenters should avoid resting any parts of their bodies on the grill. The best practice is to move hands slowly in and out of the cabinet perpendicular to the front grill, rather than sweeping an arm across the grill, to minimize disruption of the air flow. Operators should organize the workspace inside the cabinet to minimize the movements they have to make with their arms.

Try a large or small elbow rest to keep your elbows and forearms off the airflow grill.

Following these tips when working with a Nuaire biosafety cabinet enables everyone in the laboratory to safely carry out experiments and avoid compromising results. To maintain a good safety record within the lab, make sure every laboratory worker is briefed on how to safely use a biosafety cabinet without covering the airflow grill.

Microcentrifuges BOGO promotion

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NuAire Microcentrifuge BOGO

From now until December 31, 2014 purchase a NuAire ventilated or refrigerated microcentrifuge and receive a free mini-microcentrifuge free of cost.

NuAire Laboratory Equipment is making it easy for laboratories to modernize their equipment by offering a buy one, get one promotion on microcentrifuge models.

Plymouth, MN, October 2014 – NuAire wants to make it more affordable for labs to buy the laboratory equipment they need. From now until December 31, 2014, the company’s microcentrifuge models are part of a BOGO promotion.

Customers who purchase a NuAire Refrigerated (model C2500R) or Ventilated (Model C2500) Microcentrifuge receive a Mini-Microcentrifuge (Model C1801) free. That’s a $300 value.

To take advantage of this offer click here.

Free doesn’t mean sub-par. The Ventilated Microcentrifuge Model C-2500 features maximum speeds of 6,000 rpm and maximum RCF of 2,000 xg. Other features that will be welcomed by any busy laboratory include the self-opening lid, which enables single-handed operation, the quick release rotor hub, which allows for easy rotor exchange, and the built-in breaking system for rapid sample processing.

Promotional Details

This offer is valid through December 31, 2014 to United States and Canada customers only. To qualify, customers must purchase one (1) model number C-2500R or (1) model C-2500 to receive one (1) model C-1801 free of charge. Limit of one model per purchase to qualify for the BOGO offer. Promotion does not include the cost of non-standard accessories or shipping and handling and will only be available while supplies last.

 

27 Biosafety, Biorisk, and Biosecurity Pre-Conference Courses

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The ABSA Conference will be a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in biosafety, learn new solutions, and network with your peers. The Conference will feature 27 Pre-Conference Courses that you can still sign up for. You can view course descriptions and register at http://absaconference.org.

 

 

NuAire Welcomes Discovery Scientific Solutions to the Family

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DSS + NuAire = Happy Customers

 

Discovery Scientific Solutions (DSS) + NuAire = Happy Customers!

Plymouth, MN – September 19, 2014 – NuAire is pleased to welcome Discovery Scientific Solutions (DSS) to the NuAire family handling sales and support requests of NuAire Laboratory Equipment in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

DSS brings together talented individuals that align with NuAire’s mission to develop and deliver innovative products, establish trust in both products and personnel, seek customer satisfaction, and to continuously improve. DSS joins the NuAire network offering knowledgeable product/application consultation, onsite sales/support/installation visits, product use training, and support throughout the life of your product. These principles are the foundation of NuAire that are free of cost to all our customers.

DSS prides itself on providing an extensive range of laboratory equipment that can be packaged together to bring excellent value to their customers. DSS is dedicated to exceptional customer service and consultation for customers seeking laboratory equipment in the research, industrial, food and beverage, pharmacy, microbiology, forensic, and chemical industries.

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Contact Discovery Scientific Solutions (DSS)

Ph: 1-844-742-3818

E: info@DiscSci.com

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Ebola Information from ABSA

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) is working closely with Member Biosafety Associations and partners in the region to provide support and assistance in the areas of infection control and biosafety. Weak infection control measures and inadequate universal precaution practices represent an ongoing challenge to the operational response.

Click here to view Ebola Information from ABSA.

 

Important Biosafety News from ABSA

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As you know, recent biosafety related incidents have occurred in the US Public Sector this past June and July that have triggered a series of events, including a US Congressional Hearing addressing the CDC Anthrax incident, issuance of a subsequent GAO (Government Accountability Office) report, and an initiation of an investigation by the Energy and Commerce Committee (a legislative committee in the US House of Representatives) regarding the handling of select agents by federal laboratories including CDC, FDA and NIH (investigation in progress).  These events are important for biosafety professionals to understand because they are being used to justify more stringent regulations and oversight across both the public and private sectors in the US.  These events also serve as a warning and reminder regarding the importance of establishing a program that effectively manages biorisk at your institution.

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New Blog from ICID

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The International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID) has launched a brand new biosafety blog.

From ICID:

“The next 2 years will be the beginning of the “golden age” of biosafety and biosecurity.

Now more than ever, we need to stay up to date regarding issues of biosafety and biosecurity.

The list of issues facing the biosafety and biosecurity community is extensive, as evidenced by the recent ebola and anthrax concerns and changing legislations including the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act.

Everyday there are concerns which we need to be informed about.  Biosafety officers and other biosafety professionals are increasingly being called upon for their expertise and experience to advise and educate.   

ICID would like to assist the biosafety community in becoming stronger by gathering and sharing biosafety and biosecurity related information.  It is our vision that a stronger community will assist in bringing more timely responses to incidents both in our own facilities and internationally.”

Visit the ICID Blog click here