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The following organisms
(bacteria and fungi) are recommended for use by students doing science
projects. These organisms are not pathogenic to plants or humans. They
are readily available in pure culture from most biological supply
houses. Most supply houses will provide culture information on the
bacteria as well as their type and gram stain. Be sure to use only Biosafety
Cacillus cercus mycoides
|Eschederia coli (Use only if Biosafety Level: 1)
The student and sponsor
have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of the student while
consucting experiments. All project development and experimentation
should only be conducted under proper supervision and with safe methods
of handling and disposal of biological cultures.
It is the sole
responsibility of all teachers/sponsors to teach students proper safety
methods and sterile techniques when working with bacteria. Students are
not allowed to isolate known bacteria from wild cultures above room
temperature. Cultures taken from humans or other warm-blooded animals
may not be used. Wild cultures may not be displayed at any exhibition.
Projects involving viruses should be done in a professional research
facility under the direct supervision of a professional reseacher.
All cultures should be
destroyed by methods (such as autoclaving) or with a suitable NaClO
(bleach) solution before disposal.
Contact the chairperson
of the Scientific Review Committee if you are unsure about whether your
organism and/or procedure falls within the rules of acceptable research.
endorsement is needed, it is due by this date and requires that TWO
copies be submitted.