biosafety

noun
bio·safe·ty | \ˌbī-ō-ˈsāf-tē \

Definition of biosafety 

: safety with respect to the effects of biological research on humans and the environment

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Research laboratories are rated by biosafety levels; BSL-3 and BSL-4 labs are where the most dangerous research takes place. Susan Scutti, Newsweek, "The Only Thing Scarier Than Bio-Warfare is the Antidote," 13 Mar. 2014 One of his many projects involved contacting institutional biosafety committees (IBCs) across the country and asking for the minutes from their latest meeting. Susan Scutti, Newsweek, "The Only Thing Scarier Than Bio-Warfare is the Antidote," 13 Mar. 2014 Researchers have pointed out that these incidents had more to do with biosafety and training issues than with the risk of the research itself. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Government Shouldn't Be Stopping Flu Research," 23 Oct. 2014 Its rules require rooms where cadavers and body parts are used for education or research to have biosafety features, such as a working sink. Elizabeth Culliford, Anchorage Daily News, "Cadavers in the ballroom: Doctors practice their craft at U.S. hotels," 16 Dec. 2017 In response to these and other mishaps, the White House announced far-reaching measures in 2015 to improve biosafety procedures, including increased training for lab workers. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "U.S. oversight of risky pathogen research has flaws, report finds," 31 Oct. 2017 But biosafety isn’t just rules; it is practiced by individuals. National Geographic, "Military Labs Are Too Careless With Deadly Diseases: Report," 6 May 2016 A series of alarming lapses in biosafety prompted the examinations. National Geographic, "Military Labs Are Too Careless With Deadly Diseases: Report," 6 May 2016 Upon receipt, the sequence is run through biosafety and biosecurity checks, and ultimately constructed through the enzymatic assembly of shorter oligonucleotide chains. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "Mobilizing the Planet’s Genetic Diversity with Synthetic Biology," 31 Mar. 2015

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biosafety

noun
bio·safe·ty | \ˈbī-ō-ˌsāf-tē \
plural biosafeties

Medical Definition of biosafety 

: safety with respect to the effects of biological research on humans and the environment

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