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Dual Use Research of Concern 

Dual use research of concern (DURC) is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.​

The United States Government has published several policies relevant to dual use research of concern, with the intention of raising awareness and limiting the potential for misuse of scientific information derived from life sciences research. 

This page last reviewed: November 13, 2015