microbes at home

sysop at microbiol.org sysop at microbiol.org
Wed Apr 12 06:45:11 EST 1995

IM>Is it legal to culture and maintain normally occurring bugs (those
IM>collected from around the house) and keep them as stock cultures in my
IM>house.  I know this may seem strange but I am trying to write an
IM>interactive tutorial for microbiology, and I need pictures of them under
IM>all conditions I can create.  My wife is a photographer and as soon as I
IM>can obtain a scope we plan on photographing my animals for the program.
IM>I have a mount for the 35mm camera but I don't have the scope yet.  So I
IM>figured I'd better see if it was ok to do this in my home.  I do also
IM>have a seperate fridge and have maintained stock cultures for a mic lab
IM>at a local community college I attended before transfering to ASU.
IM>Am I crazy, and is it legal, do I have to obtain permits??

IM>Thanks up front
IM>			michael.steffani at asu.edu

I do not believe any state requires permits for the use of agar in the

Good luck with the tutorial.

Scott Sutton

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