30 Nov '13, 2pm

CDC using Army scientists in ricin detection project: Researchers at Army Edgewood Chemical and Biologic... #army

CDC using Army scientists in ricin detection project: Researchers at Army Edgewood Chemical and Biologic... #army

Researchers at Army Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center say they have been tasked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate breakthrough technology that would detect ricin, which is deadly even at tiny doses. “It’s incredibly toxic even at low levels, and no one prior to ECBC even attempted to look at sampling technologies,” said Jason Edmonds, branch chief for aerosol sciences at ECBC’s Research and Technology Directorate. Ricin cannot be synthesized, so researchers need to use the real thing. The CDC turned to Edgewood, the national’s premier facility for chemical and biological defense research, for specialized expertise and facilities for safely handling dangerous compounds. “We have the advanced chemistry laboratory, and that’s where the really nasty chemicals are studied,” Edmonds said. “Due to the toxicity of ricin, that’s where those experim...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20131130/NEWS/311300005

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