Biosecurity addresses life science technologies that have the potential to be misused to threaten public health or national security. For the life sciences, biosecurity entails select agents and dual use research of concern (DURC).
Some pathogens or biological toxins are capable of posing severe threats to public health and safety. The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provide relevant oversight and regulation, including requirements for packaging, labeling, transporting, shipping, and handling for facilities that transfer or receive these agents. See the List of Select Agents and Toxins for current select agents. Stanford University is currently not registered for possession of select agents. For use of any biological select agent, contact Biosafety.
Based on current understandings, this life sciences research can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies capable of being directly misapplied in a way that poses a significant threat, with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security. For a quick overview of DURC and its oversight at Stanford University click here.