What is a select agent?

A Select Agent is a microorganism (virus, bacterium, fungus, rickettsia) or toxin listed in Appendix A to Part 72-Select Agents. The term also includes:

  1. genetically modified microorganisms or genetic elements from organisms on Appendix A shown to produce or encode for a factor associated with a disease and
  2. genetically modified microorganisms or genetic materials that contain nucleic acid sequence coding for any of the toxins on appendix a or their toxic subunits

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