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Synthetic biology
Adaptive Risk Assessment
GMO safety



Onder meer door internet en digitalisering zijn innovatieprocessen een stuk dynamischer geworden. Er is een nieuwe innovatiedynamiek ontstaan waarbij verschillende type spelers in wisselende combinaties met elkaar samenwerken. Platformen spelen een centrale rol in deze innovatieprocessen. Deze bestaan uit een gemeenschappelijke basis van technologieën, regels en afspraken die verschillende spelers in staat stelt om samen te innoveren.


De ‘Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Biology’ beweging is een internationaal fenomeen dat sinds enige tijd ook in Nederland wortel geschoten heeft. De Commissie Genetische Modificatie (COGEM) wil weten in welke mate de DIY Biology beweging in Nederland leeft, en of er plannen zijn om in Nederland experimenten met genetische modificatie uit te voeren; activiteiten die zich mogelijk binnen het werkveld van de COGEM bevinden.

Het rapport van dit onderzoeksproject kan hier worden gedownload.


The project

The idea of synthetic biology has already inspired dozens of writers, film makers and other artists. This idea may be reality soon. That is why Wageningen University & Research organises a Film & Art festival on 5 & 6 October 2017. This festival is part of SynCity: a month with buzz about synthetic biology in Wageningen.


Still from Arjan Brentjes' art video "Hybris", price winning in the 2014 Bio.fiction competition


The project

SYNENERGENE is a four-years project supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme which aims to contribute to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in synthetic biology.

The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE) has commissioned ICF, an independent consultancy in the UK, and a team of experts to undertake a study on the methods for sampling and analysis of genetically modified (GM) material in food.

The aim of the study is to collect and analyse data on the approaches used in the Member States for sampling and analysis of asynchronous and obsolete GM material in food in order to assess the need for harmonisation. The study covers the period 2009 – 2014.


Role of LIS Consult
LIS Consult is one of the experts doing a case study on sampling and analysis practices in the Netherlands.


The results of the study are presented in  a report to DG SANTE (PDF, 2,9 Mb).

G-TwYST is the acronym for Genetically modified plants Two Year Safety Testing. The project duration is from 21 April 2014 – 20 April 2018.


The Project
The long-term safety assessment of genetically modified (GM) food/feed is a long-standing controversial topic in the European Union. At the present time there are no standardized protocols to study the potential short-, medium- and/or long-term toxicity of GM plants and derived products. Against this backdrop the main objective of the G-TwYST project is to provide guidance on long-term animal feeding studies for GMO risk assessment while at the same time responding to uncertainties raised through the outcomes and reports from recent (long-term) rodent feeding studies with whole GM food/feed.


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