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bi·o·safe·ty

(b-ī'ō-saf'tē),
Safety measures applied to the handling of biologic materials or organisms with a known potential to cause disease in humans. Current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are to follow universal precautions, that is, to treat all human samples of blood and body fluid as infectious.

biosafety

(bī′ō-sāf′tē)
n.
The set of measures taken to ensure the safe handling of biohazardous materials, such as pathogens, biological contaminants, and genetically modified organisms, especially to prevent their accidental spread beyond a laboratory or research facility.

biosafety

a system for the safe handling of toxic and dangerous biological and chemical substances. Guidance in biosafety is offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Any activity intended to safeguard a population from the untoward effects of potentially infectious biological materials or infectious agents, and minimize their environmental impact

bi·o·safe·ty

(bī'ō-sāf'tē)
Safety measures applied to the handling of biologic materials or organisms with a known potential to cause disease in humans.

biosafety

the safe handling of biological materials, particularly infectious agents which are classified on the basis of degree of risk to humans working with them and includes definition of biosafety levels for handling such agents. Level 1: standard microbiological practices; Level 2: Level 1 plus laboratory coats, decontamination of waste, restricted access, gloves, biohazard warning signs; Level 3: Level 2 practices plus special clothing and controlled access; Level 4: Level 3 practices plus change room access where all street clothing and accessories are removed and replaced with laboratory clothing or special half or full suits with independent air supply; all waste is decontaminated and personnel shower on exit.
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WASHINGTON -- The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate for the continued adoption of agricultural biotechnology in the Americas as part of IICA's Hemispheric Biosafety and Biotechnology Program (HBBP).
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The editors (of the Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology and the Third World Network in Malaysia) are responsible for an international biosafety course ("Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms") that is aimed at scientists, regulators, and civil society leaders from developing countries.
In response to these proposals, a large number of developing countries objected to any WTO working party on biotechnology whatsoever -- largely on grounds that the Biosafety Protocol is the proper way to negotiate international GMO policy.
Hyderabad, Feb 3 (ANI/Business Wire India): The Center for Executive Education (CEE) is set to deliver the Global Biosafety Management Program (GBMP) in March 2010 to discuss the contemporary science, management and regulation of genetically engineered product development and delivery.
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).
DECEMBER 2008, AFRICAN CENTRE FOR BIOSAFETY -- A newly launched report by the African Centre for Biosafety, Agrofuels in South Africa: Projects, Players and Poverty, condemns the 'Biofuels' roll-out in South Africa as a strategy to allow agribusiness to grab land from the rural poor in the former homelands.
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In response to the global spread of emerging infectious diseases and the threat of bioterrorism, high-containment biosafety laboratories (BSL)--specifically biosafety level (BSL)-3 and BSL-4--have been proliferating in the United States.