Friday September 20th saw reports that a terrror organisation affiliated with the The Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as PKK, has claimed responsibility for a fire and explosion at a chemical factory in Istanbul on September 18th.
Bertin’s teams are proud to announce the release of 2 new air sampling equipment for biological air monitoring or biological recognition missions:
– The Coriolis Compact: dry cyclonic collector intended for air monitoring in a biological threat context.
– The Coriolis Nano: ultra-portable electrostatic biological collector intended for armed forces’ personal exposure monitoring.
This new equipment is both easy to handle and transport and can also be embarked on drones or vehicles. It continuously collects and concentrates the biological agents of potential threats in the air, up to 8 hours. The particles collected can then be analyzed to ensure biological threat detection and identification. The Coriolis air samplers are the first part in the biological detection chain and provide the CBRN detection and identification equipment with well concentrated biological agents samples.
Visit Bertin on booth #37 at the CBRNe Protection Symosium from 24 to 26 September 2019 in Malmö, Sweden, to learn more about the new Coriolis range.
Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been working with live agent, supercomputers, and accelerated mass spectrometry, to develop a new nerve agent antidote, namely LLNL-02.
Their work has been showing great promise, and with somw refinement of the LLNL-02 antidote and identifying a second potential candidate molecule, they are working towards approval of LLNL-02 by the FDA.
You can read all about the work thay have beem doing, and how in this research highlight article from LLNL.
Monday, September 16th, saw reports emerge of an explosion at the Russian State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, known as Vector.
Researchers from The University of California, Davis, have recenctly publsihed their findings regarding the discovery of the sitxth ebolavirus, Bombali, in Angolan free-tailed bats roosting inside people’s houses in Guéckedou and Kissidougou, Guinea.
The team from UC Davis One Health Institute first discovered the Bombali virus in Angolan and little free-tailed bats in Sierra Leone. This is the first time a strain of ebola has been detected in an animal resevoir before being detected in a sick human or animal. Various research teams have been on the lookout for Bombali since the UC Davis team frist discovered it, and from reults It appears that Bombali has a wide disrtibution.
Bombali is distinct from the other five strains of ebola, and teams of scientists are currently trying to ascertain whether Bombali has spilled from it's bat resevoir in to the human populace. At present tests show that Bombali can infect human cells and studies are ongoing to ascertain the risk it poses.