arizona science institute launches first ever glyphosate testing biobank

posted November 8, 2017

The Detox Project reported on Tuesday that they along with MetricBio have launched the first ever Glyphosate Biobank. which is being funded by the public. The aim of the Biobank is to help shed further light on the levels of glyphosate in the U.S population in addition to helping researchers investigate human health issues that could be linked to Glyphosate. The test is non-invasive and carried out on urine samples. 

The Director of the Detox Project’s Henry Rowlands, stated the following: “Following our work in coordination with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 2015, which produced the first ever validated data on levels of glyphosate in urine across the U.S. , we are now moving on to a much larger glyphosate study in coordination with MetricBio.” MetricBio is a sister company of Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), based in Arizona. TGen who unravel the genetic components of various diseases, focus on helping patients with diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders.

It costs $125 to take the test and test results will be used to inform a knowledge-based approach to understanding glyphosate exposure. The results and the urine samples will be stored in Biobank, a biological warehouse of sorts and eventually these samples will become freely available to researchers.

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