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University Research Compliance Office

About Dual Use Research of Concern  

The U.S. government has established a policy with the purpose of establishing regular review of government-funded or -conducted research with 15 high-consequence pathogens and toxins for their potential to be dual use research of concern (DURC) to mitigate risks where appropriate and collect information needed to inform the development of an updated policy, as needed, for the oversight of DURC. The fundamental aim of this oversight is to preserve the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research. Although few research activities at K-State qualify as Dual Use Research (DUR), we must comply with the government policy.

Contacts and Committee Members

Standard Operating Procedures



List of agents/toxins

1     Avian influenza virus (highly pathogenic)
2Bacillus anthracis
3Botulinum neurotoxin (Research involving any quantity of botulinum neurotoxin should be evaluated for DURC potential)
4Burkholderia mallei
5Burkholderia pseudomallei
6Ebola virus
7Foot-and-mouth disease virus
8Francisella tularensis
9Marburg virus
10Reconstructed 1918 Influenza virus
11Rinderpest virus
12Toxin-producing strains of Clostridium botulinum
13Variola major virus
14Variola minor virus
15Yersinia pestis