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organisms (bacteria and fungi) are recommended
for use by students doing science projects.
These organisms are not pathogenic to plants
or humans. They are readily available in pure
culture from most biological supply houses.
Most supply houses will provide culture
information on the bacteria as well as their
type and gram stain. Be sure to use only Biosafety
Cacillus cercus mycoides
coli (Use only if Biosafety Level:
The student and
sponsor have the ultimate responsibility for
the safety of the student while consucting
experiments. All project development and
experimentation should only be conducted under
proper supervision and with safe methods of
handling and disposal of biological cultures.
It is the sole
responsibility of all teachers/sponsors to
teach students proper safety methods and
sterile techniques when working with bacteria.
Students are not allowed to isolate known
bacteria from wild cultures above room
temperature. Cultures taken from humans or
other warm-blooded animals may not be used.
Wild cultures may not be displayed at any
exhibition. Projects involving viruses should
be done in a professional research facility
under the direct supervision of a professional
should be destroyed by methods (such as
autoclaving) or with a suitable NaClO (bleach)
solution before disposal.
chairperson of the Scientific Review Committee
if you are unsure about whether your organism
and/or procedure falls within the rules of
If an endorsement is needed,
it is due by this date and requires that
TWO copies be submitted.