Cornucopia’s Take: Many of us in the good food movement are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of GMOs escaping into the environment. A research team from Rice University in Texas has developed a device to detect GMOs in water.
New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment
by Tara MacIsaac
Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment.
The research team is developing a tool Egan said is the ecologist’s version of a Star Trek tricorder, according to an Oct. 10 university news release.
The device, called a light transmission spectrometer (LTS), is already able to detect signs of genetically modified DNA in water samples and the team is now refining the technology.