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Research Project: Institutional Bio-Safety Committee

Location: Corn, Soybean and Wheat Quality Research

Project Number: 5082-22000-001-10-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2018
End Date: Sep 30, 2023

Objective:
To utilize Ohio State University (OSU) Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC) 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 OSU 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 OSU desire to operate under a single set of rules/ guidelines that all employess (ARS and OSU) will follow at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Midwest Area, Ohio State University Campus Units location at OSU/Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center (OARDC).