Our Project

GMO stands for genetically modified organism, the subject of our experiment. When you go to a supermarket, you might notice food products labeled as “non-GMO”. These types of foods are thought to be healthier and therefore are more expensive. ¬†Our overall goal is to create a diagnostic test that determines if a food contains GMOs or it’s non-GMO. To do this, we first prove a positive control (food that contains GMOs and PSII gene). The PSII gene is in every plants’ DNA and codes for the first stage of photosynthesis. Then, we will prove that oats are a negative control¬†(food that contains PSII gene but doesn’t contain GMOs). Using these controls, we will be able to test foods from the supermarket to determine if they are truly non-GMO.