Volume 91 Issue 9 | p. 13 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 4, 2013 | Web Date: February 28, 2013

Dual-Use Research Policies Issued

Biosecurity: Research on avian flu viruses and other pathogens to receive higher level of scrutiny
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: H5N1, HHS, dual-use research of concern, dual-use research

The U.S. government has issued a draft policy calling on institutions to exercise new oversight of so-called life sciences dual-use research of concern (DURC). Such experiments involve work that, while scientifically justifiable, could be used for malevolent purposes. The policy requires places such as universities to develop an additional layer of review for this kind of research. It focuses on experiments that involve 15 agents and . . .

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