Biotech Updates

BIGMAP Database on Genetically Modified Agricultural Products

February 9, 2007

The Iowa State University has founded the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP), to provide science-based analysis of the risks and benefits of genetically modified agricultural products (GMAPs). BIGMAP is developing a database of the properties of selected GMAPs, with special reference to their utility and biosafety. Development of this database into a comprehensive Knowledge Base on GMAPs is now being proposed. It is expected to focus on transformed plants and animals, their expressed traits, and their products as a means of communicating knowledge concerning their safety and utility to those who need it, including scientists, breeders, regulators, universities, industry and the public.

To participate in the Expert Consultation, to be held at Iowa State University, Ames IA, USA, on April 19-20, 2007, please contact Dr Peter Scott, Consultant,