2. Chemistry & Toxicology

The introduction and set-up of the biodetection systems DR-CALUX cell culture assay for the detection of dioxins in food

Project Reference:

Synergy project

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

December, 2002

Project Duration:

16 months

Abstract:

The DR-CALUX assay uses genetically modified animal cells to detect, specifically and quantitatively, toxicity caused by exposure to dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs in a wide range of matrices, including food.

This assay detects dioxins based on their specific biological activity towards genetically modified living cells through light generation from the recombinant cells. The project focussed primarily on method development.

Principal Contractor(s):

Mr Peadar Canavan, Galway Public Analyst’s Laboratory, Galway

Collaborator(s):

Mr Michael Walker, Northern Ireland Public Analyst’s Laboratory

Outputs:

Report:

Laboratory capacity building