A Note on biosafety - really just safety

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A subject near and dear to me - as it is how I make my living; biosafety is the most important facet of biological research today. Though not a booming field of study, if biosafety falls apart, so does all of the research. Since it is in the news and a hot topic (for the moment), lets keep in mind that the safety of our work place and our colleagues all comes down to how safe we, ourselves, are.

The safest car in the world will not save an unsafe driver.

Conversely, no matter how safe I act, the outcome of my actions will still be dictated (in some part) by the effects of other's actions. Safety, in some significant sense, is an illusion. All we can do… is work to mitigate risk, and prepare ourselves for when our construct of safety falters.

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reassigned the director of the bioterror lab behind the potential anthrax exposure of dozens of scientists and staff, sources told Reuters, as the anthrax controversy intensified.

Michael Farrell, head of the CDC's Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory, has been reassigned as the agency investigates the incident, two CDC scientists who are not authorized to speak with press told Reuters.

Read the original Reuters Article, "CDC reassigns director of lab behind anthrax blunder" by Hilary Russ and Julie Steenhuysen

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