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Research Project: Biosafety Control

Location: Plant Genetics Research

Project Number: 5070-21000-043-01-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 20, 2017
End Date: Jun 20, 2022

Objective:
To utilize the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Institutional Biological Safety Committee of the (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) to ensure compliance of USDA-ARS scientists with the National Institute of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) for the safe conduct of research employing recombinant technology, including protecting crops and livestock from pests and disease or improving the quality and safety of agricultural products, and research with biohazardous materials and toxins.

Approach:
USDA-ARS and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center conduct research that employs recombinant DNA technology, synthetic nucleic acids and other potential biohazards (e.g., infectious agents, oncogenes, zoonotic pathogens, and biological toxins). To avoid conflict, ambiguity, and duplication of efforts regarding biosafety protocols, reviews, and record-keeping, USDA-ARS and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center desire to operate under a single set of rules/guidelines that all employees locasted at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (USDA-ARS Plant Genetics Research Unit employees and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center employees) will follow while working at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.