Before researchers conduct experiments involving recombinant and synthetic DNA, infectious agents, and human materials, they must undergo training. In addition, the below resources guide researchers on how to approach various biological materials.
- Environmental Health and Safety: Safe Biological Work Practices and Biosafety
- The Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS): regulates biosafety at Harvard and its thirteen affiliated institutions
- Visit the CDC biosafety webpage
- Read the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
- Read Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biological Safety Cabinets, 2nd Edition for recommendations for tissue culture hoods (biosafety cabinets)
The Office of Biotechnology Activities monitors scientific progress in human genetics research in order to anticipate future developments, including ethical, legal, and social concerns, in basic and clinical research involving Recombinant DNA, Genetic Technologies, and Xenotransplantation. NIH Guidelines For Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules.
- Visit the AIHA website for information on technical biosafety
- Visit the ABSA website for biosafety information
- Apply for a permit to work with recombinant DNA