Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Testing

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are those whose genetic material contain fragments of foreign DNA introduced by genetic engineering techniques. While this technology has been successfully applied in medicine, environmental sciences, agriculture, aquaculture and food industry, its use for crop improvement has been controversial. For this reason, norms and regulations exist to control for GM crops production and trade both in Peru and worldwide.

To aide regulatory efforts, BIOAL SAC provides qualitative and quantitative GMO testing using ISO 17025 accredited methods for a wide variety of GM events.

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Modalities

Qualitative analysis

This type of analysis allows to determine whether a sample contains GMOs or not, independently of its type or concentration. A qualitative screening is performed to identify common sequences to multiple transgenic events of different species in a sample. This screening can also test for several event-specific sequences in a qualitative manner.

Quantitative analysis

This type of analysis allows to determine the amount of a particular GMO event in a sample. This could be done based on total sample weight or by ingredient. For example, if a product has 0.1% of transgenic soy in its composition, by doing a quantitative analysis it can be determined that the sample contains 0.1% (w/w) GMO in total or 100% transgenic soy in its composition.

Event Identification

This type of analysis allows to determine the particular transgenic event in a sample, in a qualitative (presence or absence) or quantitative (quantity) manner.

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