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VR-1986D Biosafety level
Why is ATCC® VR-1986D™ classified as BSL-2?

ATCC® VR-1986D ™ is classified as BSL-2 due to our regulatory group’s interpretation of the CDC guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/lab-biosafety-guidelines.html. Coronavirus genomes are single stranded positive sense RNA; therefore, their genomes serve as functional mRNA. If the product was able to enter a host cell’s cytoplasm, we believe that it would be capable of replication. The genomic RNA is tested by culturing in Vero E6 cells (ATCC® CRL-1586 ™) for two passages of 14 days each to confirm there is no evidence of viral replication.  
Date Created04/13/2020 02:06 PM
Date Updated04/13/2020 02:28 PM

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