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AAAS, AAU, APLU, and FBI Issue New Report on Dual Use Review and Oversight

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) has developed a robust biosecurity outreach and awareness program with the scientific community. To strengthen this relationship, the FBI WMD Directorate contracted with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to host a series of outreach and policy meetings with research, policy, and security stakeholders and summarize important lessons learned, challenges faced, and areas for improvement of local and national biosecurity initiatives.

This project is done in collaboration with the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), AAAS and the FBI WMD Directorate.

The second meeting, which was held in September 2012, focused on providing the opportunity for scientists and administrators from small, medium, and large research institutions to share best practices and lessons learned about the review and oversight of dual use research with each other and with the security and policy-making communities. The report, Bridging Science and Security for Biological Research: A Discussion about Dual Use Review and Oversight at Research Institutions is the result from that meeting.

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