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Associations, FBI Look at Best Practices on Oversight of Dual Use Research

October 26, 2012—A new report released Oct. 24 provides a university and a federal law enforcement perspective on best practices in oversight of “dual use” life sciences research.  Issued by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the report also provides policy recommendations to help academic institutions and the government better ensure that materials or findings from biological research are not otherwise misused for terrorism or similarly harmful purposes. 

The report, “Bridging Science and Security for Biological Research: A Discussion about Dual Use Research Review and Oversight at Research Institutions,” was based on a meeting convened by the associations and the FBI on Sept. 13-14, 2012.  According to AAU, the document “describes best practices and lessons learned from existing, voluntary dual use review and oversight programs, and lists outstanding challenges and potential policy solutions in this arena.” 


Stephen Heinig
Director, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0488


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