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Friday, April 25, 2014

4/25/14 Mad Cow Disease in Brazil ♦ EPA ASKED TO HALT PESTICIDE USE ON APPLES ♦ Boston Banning Deadliest Pathogens ♦ Pentagon Seeks More Funds to Counter Bio Weapons

BRAZIL INVESTIGATES SECOND POSSIBLE MAD COW CASE SINCE 2010
A second possible case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow disease, in Brazil is coming in for public scrutiny much sooner than the first, which was discovered in 2010. Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture says it is investigating why an animal with symptoms of “nerve disease” collapsed at a slaughterhouse in the state of... Continue Reading

EPA ASKED TO HALT PESTICIDE USE ON APPLES UNTIL NEW SAFETY STUDIES ARE DONE
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt use of a pesticide commonly applied to conventionally grown apples to limit storage damage until EPA has done further safety studies. EWG’s president, Ken Cook, wrote EPA on Thursday asking that the agency launch a new investigation to determine... Continue Reading

Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise?
It’s possible that some of us are born not to run. According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, published in The Journal of Physiology, the motivation to exercise — or not — may be at least partly inherited. Continue Reading
Boston Considers Banning Deadliest Pathogens From new Biolab
Boston is set this week to debate whether to ban a new, downtown biodefense laboratory from studying some of the world's deadliest disease agents. A city council hearing is expected to consider a proposed city wide prohibition on so-called "Biosafety Level 4" research, which can involve diseases for which there are no known cures. Continue Reading
Pentagon Seeks More Funds to Counter Bio Weapons
The Pentagon wants to spend more money on a secret program to track weapons of mass destruction because of new information showing an increased need to locate chemical and biological weapons, military budget plans show. Continue Reading


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