The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.
Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Search results for "biodefense" ...
The topic was bioterrorism and BioWatch, a critical civilian defense system that, it turns out, has never worked. The stories demonstrate how fear of terrorism—and U.S. officials’ fear of appearing “soft” on terrorism—have saddled the country and taxpayers with a failed system. As the articles point out, the nation’s decade-long commitment to BioWatch has come at the expense of other approaches to biodefense that hold more promise for saving lives.
"Following a watchdog's report that a Texas A&M researcher had been infected with the bioterror agent Brucella in a lab, The Dallas Morning News used state and federal open records laws to pursue dozens of additional security breaches and disease exposures at other state universities."
Using accident reports from the Army's top biodefense laboratory as well as a report on a 2002 incident involving the discovery of Anthrax spores near laboratories, the News-Post found that while the Army had made efforts to improve safety, accidents attributable to negligence and carelessness still occurred. The investigation focuses on the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The American Prospect looks at the threat of biological weapons. "Our public-health system would buckle under a massive epidemic," is one of the main findings, based on a report of the General Accounting Office. The story follows the history of bioterrorism through the centuries, and depicts major developments in the field during the Cold War and in recent decades. The reporter finds that the threat of biological weapons is indisputably growing.