• DHHS Looks to Social Media for Warning Signals

    • 22 March 2012
    A new US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) initiative is looking to use social media tools-specifically the micro-blogging website Twitter-to provide the agency with advanced signals to help identify public health emergencies. In a 20 March press release, DHHS said it is looking for developers to create tools that look at real-time data on public health issues, with a particular focus on illnesses. The agency hopes to develop a tool that will be "useful as ...
  • Group of Organizations Call for More Regulation of Synthetic Biology

    • 14 March 2012
    A group of more than 100 organizations are calling for new regulations on synthetic biology, saying current practices are inadequate to safeguard against safety issues, reports Science Magazine . The group-the Synthetic Biology Project (SBP)-is composed of a variety of environmental, watchdog and public interest organizations. The group put forth a series of recommendations recently that call for a moratorium on synthetic biology until adequate safety regulations can be...