NIH Guidelines: The purpose of the NIH Guidelines is to specify practices for constructing and handling: (i) recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules, and (ii) organisms and viruses containing recombinant DNA molecules. Clemson University's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews and oversees projects that deal with recombinant DNA technologies, biological and chemical hazards, and select agents.
Introduction of genetically engineered organisms into the environment: These Guidelines recommend practices and procedures for the safe conduct of research involving the planned introduction into the environment of certain genetically modified organisms. These Guidelines establish principles for assessing the safety of research with specific organisms and designing confinement to promote safety.
Select Agents: Certain biological organisms and toxins are defined as “Select Agents” by the U.S. Government and have special restrictions on their use; the current list can be accessed below. Anyone desiring to work with these materials must have security clearance to do so and have special security procedures in place for their labs. Investigators wishing to work with any of these agents MUST contact Bobby Clark (the duly authorized responsible official) prior to doing so, and all security clearances and procedures must be in place prior to requesting the Select Agents (note that requests for Select Agents MUST be placed by the Responsible Official). Contact Bobby Clark at 864-710-2933 for assistance with Select Agent requirements.