RE: [Histonet] Plants in Histology Lab

From:"Owen, Michael P"

Dear Dr. Mrosla,

According to the references below, decorative plants are restricted from use
at BSL-3 and higher. Plants (and animals not involved in experiments) harbor
their own microbial flora, which could contaminate the work or even infect
the worker; thus it is prudent to prohibit their use in all microbiological

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories Fourth Edition
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health
May 1999

NIH Guidelines for Recombinant DNA and Gene Transfer
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
April 2002

WHO Biological Safety Manual Third Edition
World Health Organization
December 2004

Biological Safety Principles and Practices Third Edition
Edited by Diane O. Fleming and Debra L. Hunt
American Society of Microbiology
December 2000

I hope this information is helpful (or makes you laugh if it is not useful
:o) ).


The FDA Lab Rat

Michael P. Owen, Regulatory Microbiologist
U.S. FDA Pacific Regional Lab Northwest
22201 23rd Drive SE Bothell, WA 98021-4421
Phone: 425-483-4865 E-Mail:

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