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Mutagenesis testing for food additives
Greece (HelMSIC) - Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupoli
Lialiaris Theodoros Professor of Genetics, University of Thrace
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
The project is based on the possible mutagenesis effects that food additives might have. Mutagenesis occurs when a substance intervenes with the DNA structure of an organism either directly or indirectly, and the genetic material changes. As food additives are used more and more, it would be interesting to study their mutagenesis effects. The aim is to associate the exposure to food additives with mutagenesis. The techniques used are SCE methodology (Sister Chromatids Exchanges), Lymphocyte Cultures, Chromosomal Studies
What is the aim of the project?
What techniques and methods are used?
What is the role of the student?
- If the project includes “lab work”
- the student will take active part in the practical aspect of the project
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Assist in the Lab Work of the project
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Basic knowledge of genetics and biology
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- _____Students will familiarise themselves with a variety of techniques; like SCE; lymphocytes cultures and chromosomal studies; in order to investigate the effect of food additives; which are widely used in modern day society; on the individual.
- Ozhan G.; Alpertunga B. (2003). Genotoxic activities of drugnitrite interaction products. Drug Chem. Toxicol.; 26: 295?308
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