The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that training and testing records support a drug dog’s reliability in establishing probable cause for a search. The dog’s alert was one part of the totality of circumstances that allowed the search to go forward.
Recent incidents involving hazardous anthrax and bird flu samples at government laboratories have raised concerns about safety violations that might be occurring at other sensitive labs. A Government Accountability Office publication, High-Containment Laboratories: Recent Incidents of Biosafety Lapses, explores the latest incidents at high-containment laboratories and discusses the importance of a national standard for operating the facilities. The report found that there is a continuing lack of oversight and assessment in high-containment labs, which may contribute to future safety lapses.