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OECD Guideline: Test No. 489, In Vivo Mammalian Alkaline Comet Assay

On 26 September 2014, the OECD Council adopted three new, five updated and one corrected OECD Test Guidelines for the testing of chemicals, one of these was Test No. 489, In Vivo Mammalian Alkaline Comet Assay.

Protective properties of coffee

 Researchers across the globe have been using the comet assay to investigate the protective properties of coffee. Coffee is one of the most popular and widely consumed beverages worldwide. 

Comet assay in 3D human skin models

 Researchers from across Europe and the USA have been working in collaboration to investigate inter- and intra-laboratory variation when performing the comet assay on reconstructed 3D human epidermal skin models.

Continuing our education in the comet assay

 Earlier this month, the European Environmental Mutagen Society (EEMS) held its annual meeting in Lancaster, UK.  This year, the meeting was hosted by UKEMS (United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society)

Is organic farming safer?

Researchers from Portugal, Spain, Italy and the USA have worked in collaboration to compare the health of organic farmers with those using traditional farming methods (which typically involve pesticide use).