All genetically modified non-rodent animals (both vertebrate and invertebrate) are subject to the NIH Guidelines and require IBC registration. This includes genetically-modified fish, flies, worms, etc.
Certain genetically-modified rodents are exempt from IBC registration. In general, if your response is NO to the following questions, your rodent strain is exempt from IBC registration:
For Parental Rodent Strains:
- Was this strain(s) created at UCLA or contracted out by UCLA?
- Was this strain(s) created using a viral vector?
- Does the genetic modification confer expression of any microbial pathogen genomic region?
- Is the genetic modification hazardous in any way as to potentially require BSL-2 containment or higher (e.g., Does the genetic modification confer expression of a toxin)?
If crossing two different genetically modified rodent strains:
- Do the parental lines or the resultant offspring require BL2 or higher containment?
- Were these animals created with non-replicative viral vectors such that more than one-half of the viral genome from a single family of viruses will be present in the parental strain or in the subsequent crosses of these strains?
- Were any of the parental transgenes under the control of a gammaretroviral LTR [e.g., MLV, MoSCV)]?
If you have determined your rodent strain is exempt based on the questions above, please email email@example.com so that we can record this exemption. If in doubt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether IBC registration is needed.