Currently, genotoxicity testing must be performed in the laboratory, which is both costly and slow. There is a need for improved methods capable of, rapid on-site analysis for quality testing of food, pharmaceuticals and environmental aspects such as industrial wastewater. The proposed system will be compact (hand portable), low-cost and capable of extremely high sensitivity. It will enable, for the first time, the performance of sophisticated genotoxicity assays on-site with immediate (approximately 1 hour) results. No such systems are currently available. Detection will be based on the innovative integration of novel fluorescence detection methods and instrumentation based on the so-called "comet assay". The detection system can be used for testing of plants, foods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, for medical applications, radiation biology, human monitoring and for environmental monitoring.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
4450 333 Matosinhos