Safety was always our number one priority, with that, there are multiple mechanisms within our project that were created with the purpose of ensuring our own and others safety.
- Choice of a nonpathogenic strain chassi - top 10 and origami E. coli – for our project and Human Practices.
- Use of Ammonium Hydroxide rather than sodium hydroxide in our bioreactor to raise the pH because it is a safer reactant.
- PDGF secretion as our hormone one of interest because it has been pre-approved as safe by the US FDA.
- Grounded the bioreactor to ensure we wouldn’t get shocked, and labeled moving parts to ensure people don’t injure themselves.
Before diving into our project, all members of the Lubbock_TTU team were required to complete safety training in both Lab Safety and Biological Safety. The safety training, administered by Texas Tech Environmental Health & Safety, ensures that our members have a greater understanding of appropriate behavior in a research laboratory, or other areas that contain biological hazards, and are in compliance with proper safety procedures.