The Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety (INBI)
Welcome to The Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety
The Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety (INBI) aims to contribute to the increased understanding and more effective management of emerging biotechnologies.
News and Features
INBI evaluates new comparison of GM crop performance (25 July 2013)
INBI reply to Tiffany Stecker’s blog (18 June 2013) Dear Tiffany Stecker,
I write to correct several errors in your opinion piece on the Scientific American blog
Read full response (PDF, 250KB)
INBI statement on FSANZ response to new research on safety testing GM foods with dsRNA molecules (24 May 2013)
Two months ago we published a thorough and rigorously peer-reviewed evaluation of the safety assessments conducted on a new kind of GM ingredient (dsRNA) in food. Our work used the best available scientific research to conclude that dsRNAs in food or other products should be evaluated for safety using fit-for-purpose tests.
We were able to show that as evidence for this need accumulated over the last decade, some regulators including Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) dismissed that evidence using assumptions rather than scientific testing. The evidence for the need for testing only continues to grow.
INBI part of international study on the assessment of risks from new dsRNA molecules (10 April 2013)
View the publication here: A comparative evaluation of the regulation of GM crops or products containing dsRNA and suggested improvements to risk assessments.
Update on “Evaluation of risks from creation of novel RNA molecules in genetically engineered wheat plants
and recommendations for risk assessment”
An expert opinion of Professor Jack A. Heinemann, PhD first issued 28 August 2012
Update 21 March 2013 (PDF, 400KB)
Expert opinion on risk assessment procedures for a GM wheat (13 Sept 2012)
Professor Jack Heinemann, Director of INBI, recently provided an expert opinion on risk assessment procedures for a type of GM wheat modified to silence an enzyme involved in starch deposition. The full report, including appendixes, are available for free download.
Evaluation of risks from creation of novel RNA molecules in genetically engineered wheat plants and recommendations for risk assessment (PDF, 300KB). An expert opinion of Professor Jack A. Heinemann, PhD 28 August 2012
Appendix 1 (PDF, 240KB)
Appendix 2 (PDF, 10MB)