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10th International Comet Assay Workshop

The 10th International Comet Assay Workshop (ICAW) took place in Porto, Portugal, September 2013.  Delegates were treated to three days of oral presentations, posters, exhibitors and poster mini-talks with one common theme: the comet assay.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals study

Screening EDCs for genotoxicity can provide valuable information in the evaluation of their possible carcinogenic potential. The first stage of carcinogenesis is normally rapid and irreversible and is believed to involve a change in the genetic material of the cell.

Wood combustion and cytotoxicity

A current ‘hot topic’ in genetic toxicology is the impact of particulate matter on human health arising from log combustion in domestic fires. Workers from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland and their collaborators, investigated this subject. 

Comet assay in cataract research

Cataract development is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the world and the incidence of cataracts continues to increase with the global growing elderly population. Researchers have investigated the mechanisms by which these nutrients provide anti-cataract effects.

Exposure to formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a global high-production compound with numerous applications ranging from production of resins to medicines. In order to assess the genotoxic effects of chronic occupational exposure to formaldehyde, a group of pathology/anatomy workers were assessed using the comet assay.