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Biosafety

Biosafety

“Oh crap.” Dr. Ming looked down at his gloved hand. He saw a small slice in his left glove. He looked closer and saw a trickle of blood. He looked even closer and saw a small cut. Dr. Ming was a seasoned scientist working at a medical device company. He was conducting research involving human fecal occult blood. On this day, he was working in the tissue culture room.
It’s often assumed that a biological agent’s risk group (RG) and the biosafety level at which it should be handled are synonymous, when in fact this is not always the case. In addition to an agent’s risk group, there are many other factors to consider when designating a biosafety level for a biological agent.