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Main Title Risk Assessments/Risk Management for Environmental Uses of Biological Agents.
Author Anderson, E. L. ; Albert, R. E. ; Kamely, D. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Health and Environmental Assessment. ;New York Univ. Medical Center, NY.
Year Published 1985
Report Number EPA/600/D-85/285;
Stock Number PB86-131810
Additional Subjects Toxicology ; Risk ; Reprints ; Risk assessments ; Biological agents ; Environmental health
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB86-131810 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 13p
Through recent advances in molecular biology, especially biotechnology, regulatory agencies are faced with evaluating a range of biological agents for potential risks they pose to human health and the environment. Although biological risks are of relatively recent concern, this has not been the case for chemicals. Over the past several years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed methodologies for assessing health risks associated with chemical pollutants, especially chemical carcinogens. In anticipation of regulating biological agents, including genetically engineered microorganisms, the Agency must stimulate the generation of a solid scientific basis in order to adapt its present, chemically based risk assessment approaches to biological agents. Assessing biological risk poses unique problems owing to the diversity (hormones, enzymes, bacteria, fungi, viruses, plasmids) and the ability of live molecules to replicate, transform, transduce, and infect.