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Biological Safety

What is UC Merced's Biosafety Program?

UC Merced's Biosafety Program specifies responsibilities, practices, procedures and operational standards required for the safe use and handling of biohazardous material for research and teaching based on current state, federal and local agency regulations and guidelines.

The Biosafety Program's goal is to work with campus personnel to develop and implement the best practices to ensure a safe and prosperous learning and research campus environment.

Biohazardous Material

The program includes oversight for all research activities involving synthetic and recombinant nucleic acids, infectious agents, bloodborne pathogens, select agents and other biohazardous materials including, but not limited to:

  • Infectious organisms that can cause disease in humans or cause significant environmental or agricultural impact;
  • Human or primate tissues, fluids, cells or cell cultures;
  • Animal tissues, fluids, cells or cell cultures that have been exposed to infectious organisms;
  • Recombinant DNA in vitro, in vivo and in clinical trials;
  • Transgenic plants or animals;
  • Human gene transfer clinical trials;
  • Releases of recombinant DNA into the environment;
  • Animals known to be reservoirs of zoonotic diseases; and
  • Select agents and toxins
  • Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) - see