Diagnostic kit developed for detecting genetically modified food
April 8, 2008
New Delhi, India -The department of biotechnology (DBT) in collaboration with the Hyderabad based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) has developed a diagnostic kit for rapid detection of genetically modified (GM) traces in food by going to the level of DNA. Earlier a diagnostic developed by the Central Institute for Cotton Research could detect by going only to the level of protein.
Revealing this at a Press Conference in New Delhi today, Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, said that these diagnostic kits, developed under a collaborative research project funded by DBT, are ready for commercial launch and will be of immense use to meet the regulatory obligations and legal requirements as well as help to address consumer concerns.
“If this new kit is used it can resolve the claims of genetic contamination of conventional crops by GM crops. We can also use this diagnostic kit for checking imported food which may contain traces GM matter,” said the DBT secretary MK Bhan.