Research with Biohazards

Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, Pathogens & Biological Toxins

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) must approve any teaching or research project that involves

  • Use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, including transgenic animals or plants

  • Use of human, animal, or plant pathogens (for example, bacteria, viruses, prions, parasites)

  • Plant pathogens not indigenous to Iowa (e.g., bacteria, viruses, parasites)

  • Use of biological toxins

  • Administration of experimental biological products to animals

  • Field releases of plant pests or genetically modified organisms

The IBC is overseen by the Office of Research Ethics (ORE).

The online training course "NIH Guidelines” is available in the Course Catalog through Learn@ISU.