|Scientists Invited to Revise Biotechnology Standards
Volunteers are sought to help revise and update three ASTM biotechnology standards concerned with the detection of microorganisms by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) procedure. This activity is being carried out by Subcommittee E48.02, Characterization and Identification of Biological Systems, part of ASTM Committee E48 on Biotechnology.
The three standards to be revised and updated are:
E 1873, Guide for Detection of Nucleic Acid Sequences by the Polymerase Chain Reaction Technique;
E 2048, Guide for Detection of Nucleic Acids of the Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Complex and Other Pathogenic Mycobacteria by the Polymerase Chain Reaction Technique; and
E 2146, Guide for Detection of Nucleic Acid Sequences of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV-1 by the Polymerase Chain Reaction Technique.
Since there have been many recent technical advances in PCR, this will be an interesting and challenging project, says Larry E. Bockstahler, Ph.D., of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Md., and chairman of ASTM Subcommittee E48.02. We will work closely with NCCLS (an international organization for development of voluntary consensus medical-testing standards) and other standards organizations to avoid duplication of efforts.
Committee E48 develops standard guidelines, practices, specifications, test methods, and other documents. E48 consists of more than 100 research scientists, engineers, manufacturers, government representatives, and others who develop biotechnology standards.
Committee E48 meets Oct. 16-17 at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the Parklawn Building, rockville, Md.. To obtain further technical information, contact Larry E. Bockstahler, Ph.D., U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Md. (phone: 301/443-7287). For details about Committee E48 meetings or membership, contact Diane Rehiel, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9717). //
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