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|Title:||GMOMETHODS: The European Union Database of Reference Methods for GMO Analysis|
|Authors:||BONFINI Laura; VAN DEN BULCKE MARC; MAZZARA Marco; BEN Enrico; PATAK DENNSTEDT Alexandre|
|Citation:||JOURNAL OF AOAC INTERNATIONAL vol. 95 no. 6 p. 1713-1719|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||In order to provide reliable and harmonized information on methods for GMO (genetically modified organism) analysis we have published a database called “GMOMETHODS” that supplies information on PCR assays validated according to the principles and requirements of ISO 5725 and/or the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry protocol. In addition, the database contains methods that have been verified by the European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed in the context of compliance with an European Union legislative act. The web application provides search capabilities to retrieve primers and probes sequence information on the available methods. It further supplies core data required by analytical labs to carry out GM tests and comprises information on the applied reference material and plasmid standards. The GMOMETHODS database currently contains 118 different PCR methods allowing identification of 51 single GM events and 18 taxon-specific genes in a sample. It also provides screening assays for detection of eight different genetic elements commonly used for the development of GMOs. The application is referred to by the Biosafety Clearing House, a global mechanism set up by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to facilitate the exchange of information on Living Modified Organisms. The publication of the GMOMETHODS database can be considered an important step toward worldwide standardization and harmonization in GMO analysis.|
|JRC Directorate:||Institute for Health and Consumer Protection Historical Collection|
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