Detect GMOs in food, animal feed and seeds

New technology capable of better detecting GMOs in food, animal feed and seeds

European scientists have come up with a new technology that is allegedly better able to detect the presence of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in food, animal feed and seeds. As published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, a new study out of Slovenia explains how the new technology, known as Droplet Digital PCR, or ddPCR, works to improve GMO screening efforts in the more than 60 countries around the world that now require GMO labeling.

Even though the U.S. as a whole is not currently included among these proactive countries in need of effective GMO detection technologies, many individual American states are on the brink of passing their own GMO labeling laws, which means they too will require the technologies. And ddPCR appears to be not only more accurate than existing technologies, but also more cost-effective.

“Droplet Digital PCR could replace or be a good alternative to qPCR, the current benchmark in GMO quantification,” says Dr. Dany Morisset, lead author of the new study from Slovenia’s National Institute of Biology.

The qPCR technology, which stands for real-time quantitative PCR, is apparently not all that effective at detecting low levels of GMO contamination, particularly when trying to quantify very small numbers of DNA targets or when DNA targets are embedded in complex matrices. ddPCR, on the other hand, possesses exceptional precision and accuracy, and is far less costly than another similar technology developed previously.

“Compared with the conventional qPCR assay, the ddPCR assay offered better accuracy at low target concentrations and greater tolerance to inhibitors found in matrices such as wheat flour and feed,” explains a Eurekalert! announcement about the study.

Recent GMO wheat scandal highlights need for practical GMO screening technologies

Though the technology is still in the development phase, ddPCR as well as future GMO screening technologies will serve an important role in the fight to preserve the integrity of the global food supply.

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Comments : GMO foods are very harmful and is the cause of increase in health problems around the world. We all need to make sure we boycott anything food that has been genetically modified. Independent studies by French scientist Professor Gilles Seralini presented shocking evidence of harm to the health of animals eating GE foods identified in a groundbreaking lifetime feeding studies on rats. The study found severe stomach inflammation, liver and kidney and endocrine disruption, reproductive failure and formation of tumors.

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