New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment | Tara MacIsaac – Epoch Times

A file photo of students testing the contents of a stream at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility for evidence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Rice University scientists are developing the light transmission spectrometer, which can detect GMOs. (Arial Shogren)

Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment.

The research team is developing a tool Egan said is the ecologist’s version of a Star Trek tricorder, according to an Oct. 10 university news release.

The team says that their device, called a light transmission spectrometer (LTS), was inspired by the Star Trek gadget used by the crew to scan alien atmospheres. Pictured is a tricorder prop used in the Star Trek series

The team says that their device, called a light transmission spectrometer (LTS), was inspired by the Star Trek gadget used by the crew to scan alien atmospheres. Pictured is a tricorder prop used in the Star Trek series Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3832734/Star-Trek-style-device-help-spot-rogue-genetically-modified-organisms-environment.html#ixzz4N4aqB2u9 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

The device, called a light transmission spectrometer (LTS), is already able to detect signs of genetically modified DNA in water samples and the team is now refining the technology.

The device uses light, which is absorbed and fragmented by particles on the nanoscale. Nanoparticle physicists are then able to analyze how the light interacts with those particles to measure and interpret the genetic composition.

Source: New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

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