TIMELINE: Building dedicated February 2007 and now being used for biosafety level
2 research; biosafety level
3 labs expected to be up and running this summer
Remarkably, the UW IBC also decided, on the spot, to change the biosafety level
of the new UW lab.
The biosafety level
is determined by a risk assessment process.
US-based Xenex's Germ-Zapping Robots were tested recently against live (not surrogate) Ebola virus and Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) spores in collaboration with the biosafety level
4 (BSL-4) containment laboratory at Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the company said.
The report also describes two previous recommendations that had not yet been fully implemented in this lab that could potentially have reduced the likelihood of this incident: 1) installation of a camera system for secondary verification of critical safety control points; and 2) proper use of a required Material Transfer Certificate (MTC) form for materials taken out of CDC's high containment laboratories to lower biosafety level
laboratories, including internal transfers.
In the case of Pakistan, the biosafety level
has been observed not up to the mark due to the multiple factors especially lack of awareness about health hazarads, effective legislation, monitoring of scientists as well as international organizations and the strong commitment of the govt.
Using Salmonella at this teaching level is contrary to the biologic safety guidelines issued in 2012 by the American Society for Microbiology (2), which clearly state that before biosafety level
2 (BSL-2) work, students should be competent performing BSL-1 activities.
Working under maximum-containment conditions in a biosafety level
4 facility in UTMB's Galveston National Laboratory, the team introduced mutations into the virus' genetic code at four locations thought to generate proteins that affected immune response.
Purifier[R] Logic[TM] Class II Biosafety Cabinets provide personnel, product and environmental protection and are suitable for work with agents requiring Biosafety level
1, 2 or 3 containment.
To the Editor: Recently, the directors of Biosafety Level
4 (BSL-4) laboratories in the United States published their views of the requirement of having [greater than or equal to] 2 persons present at all times while biological work is undertaken in a BSL-4 laboratory (1).
Currently, all operational biosafety level
4 (BSL-4) labs are overseen by HHS's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The laboratory is one of 13 Biosafety Level
3 research facilities constructed nationally with substantial funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The expansion will add to the current 44,000 sq ft site and be Biosafety Level
2 compliant, allowing manipulation the of human pathogens.
The facility includes UTSA's second biosafety level
three laboratory, which requires certification by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government security clearances for researchers.
Using an artificial feeding system inside a BioSafety Level
3 laboratory, Drolet fed test midges a viral meal.