References for GM plants

02/05/2017. IDENTIFICA researchers propose the standardization of transgenic reference sequences used in food forensics. The need for standardized procedures is of paramount importance in the highly regulated and often controversial field of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). However, there is no public repository of reference sequences for transgenic elements, which may cause unnecessary errors, time losses and expenses in the development, validation and regulation of GMOs. The IDENTIFICA team propose the use of transgenic reference sequences in GMO investigations and provide a free, web-accessible reference database. The references may serve as a guide for the construction of new GMOs, design of accurate detection methods and description of genetic variants, simplifying inter-laboratory comparisons and regulation policies. The proposal was published in Forensic Science International: Genetics 29 (2017) e26–e28.