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Description

Main research question/goal
The primary goal of the GMOseek project is to develop and validate improved methods and strategies to detect and to analyze GMOs, including non-authorized GMOs (UGMs), in food and feed in a more cost-and time-efficient and pragmatic way. This research has two goals: 1) to create a new bioinformatics "tool" for the formulation of efficient screening strategies and 2) to develop new screening methods for use in the European governmental laboratories that are responsible for verifying the presence of GMOs.

Research approach
First we collect knowledge about the theoretical and experimental genetic elements in GMOs. We bring together this knowledge in a simple summary Excel tab called "GMOmatrix". Then, on the basis of the collected information, we build a user-friendly bio-informatics platform, called "GMO seek algorithm". The algorithm selects the optimal set of genetic elements from the array that serves as a target for screening, including new screening methods to be developed if needed. Finally, we test the algorithm on actual routine samples for GMO analysis. In  turn, these tests lead to improving and continual updating of the matrix.  

Relevance/Valorisation
First we collect knowledge about the theoretical and experimental genetic elements in GMOs. We bring together this knowledge in a simple summary Excel tab called "GMOmatrix". Then, on the basis of the collected information, we build a user-friendly bio-informatics platform, called "GMO seek algorithm". The algorithm selects the optimal set of genetic elements from the array that serves as a target for screening, including new screening methods to be developed if needed. Finally, we test the algorithm on actual routine samples for GMO analysis. In  turn, these tests lead to improving and continual updating of the matrix.
AcronymGMOSEEK
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/06/0931/05/13

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