Imagine a New App Designed To Protect Your Health: GMO & Toxic Food Detector

Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Technology with 0 Comments

GMO-Detector-AppBy Anne Gordon

Food Safety is a huge concern especially when there are direct poor health links to toxins, GMO’s, pesticides, environmental accidents, tiny aerosols, and newly created so called food.

Every day we are filling our bodies up with unintended contaminated ingredients such as pesticides, phthalates, benzenes, parabens, xylenes and other endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a cradle and app that uses a phone’s built in camera as a biosensor to detect toxins, bacteria, viruses, GMO’s, etc. They say it might be available by next year.

“Modern biological research is also allowing an extension of laboratory devices on to small computer chips to detect biological information within DNA sequences,” said biotech specialist Dr. Marek Banaszewski.

“Bioinformatic algorithms within programs will aid the identification of transgenes, promoters, and other functional elements of DNA, making detection of genetically modified foods on-the-spot and real-time without transportation to a laboratory.

At the heart of the biosensor is a photonic crystal. When anything biological attaches to the photonic crystal — such as protein, cells, pathogens or DNA — the reflected color will shift from a shorter wavelength to a longer wavelength. The test takes a few minutes and has been compared to equipment costing $50,000…whereas this costs about $200 in equipment instead.

“We’re interested in bio-detection that needs to be performed outside of the laboratory,” said team leader Brian Cunningham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering at Illinois. “Smartphones are making a big impact on our society — the way we get our information, the way we communicate. And they have really powerful computing capability and imaging.

A lot of medical conditions might be monitored very inexpensively and non-invasively using mobile platforms like phones. They can detect molecular things, like pathogens, disease biomarkers or DNA, things that are currently only done in big diagnostic labs with lots of expense and large volumes of blood.”

Testing for the presence of GMO in food is now required following legislative action in an increasing number of countries and is becoming increasingly important in quality control tests.

So, soon maybe our smart phones will be even smarter, and tell us what foods to avoid.








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