The Biosafety Program is designed to prevent and minimize potential exposure to biohazardous materials that are used in Caltech research laboratories. Biohazardous material that can pose a risk to the health of Caltech students and employees and to the community as well as to the environment include:
- All infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions, rickettsias, viruses, etc.) that can cause disease in humans or cause significant environmental or agricultural impact.
- Recombinant DNA material as defined by the NIH Guidelines, Viral vectors, and newly developed CRISPR tools.
- Tissues, fluids, cells, or cell cultures originating from human or non-human primate.