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Detection and Identification Online Discussions 2019

Online Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms

In decision 9/11, the Conference of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety requested the Executive Secretary to continue facilitating online discussions of the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). Furthermore, in decision 14/19 on synthetic biology, the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity requested the Executive Secretary to collaborate and convene discussions, including through the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms, for sharing experiences on the detection, identification and monitoring of organisms, components and products of synthetic biology, and to continue inviting laboratories, including analytical laboratories, to join the Network.

Through notification 2019-069 Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations were invited to nominate participants to the open-ended online discussions of the Network of Laboratories.

Based on the above, discussions of the Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms are being convened and will take place from 28 October to 8 November 2019. The three topics will run simultaneously.

The discussions will be moderated by Ms. Shakirat Ajenifujah-Solebo from Nigeria.

Topic 1: Current techniques used in the detection and identification of LMOs, with special consideration of any new technique that is currently in use since the last discussion of the Network of Laboratories in April 2018

Topic 2: Sharing of experiences on the detection, identification, and monitoring of organisms, components and products of synthetic biology

Topic 3: Overview of current capacity for the detection and identification of living modified organisms

Resources for this discussion:
Open-ended Online Forum on Synthetic Biology, March 2019
Topic 6: Sharing of experiences on detection, identification and monitoring of organisms, components and products of synthetic biology

Open-ended Online Forum on Synthetic Biology

 

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Topic 1: Current techniques used in the detection and identification of LMOs, with special consideration of any new technique that is currently in use since the last discussion of the Network of Laboratories in April 2018

Discussions will be held: 28 October - 8 November 2019
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

Under this topic, participants are requested to provide example of the techniques that are currently in use as well as to highlight any new technique or approach that is either in use or under development. Participants are encouraged to consider this with respect to LMOs that are currently on the market, as well as those that are under research and development. Participants are also encouraged to share their experience in detection and identification of LMOs produced through genome editing. Some points to consider are:
  • New techniques that are in use for the detection and identification of LMOs
  • The accuracy, applicability and reliability of new methodologies

When posting this information, participants are requested to provide their source of information, indicating if it is coming from a publication, their own work, or other type of source.

   

Topic 1

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Topic 2: Sharing of experiences on the detection, identification, and monitoring of organisms, components and products of synthetic biology

Discussions will be held: 28 October - 8 November 2019
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

Under this topic’s discussion, participants are encouraged to share information related to experiences with the detection, identification and monitoring of organisms, components and products of synthetic biology. Similar discussions took place under the Open-ended online forum on Synthetic Biology in March 2019 and can be seen from https://bch.cbd.int/synbio/open-ended/discussion/?threadid=9603. Participants are kindly requested to be as specific as possible, and to provide examples of methodologies and strategies related to the development, adaptation or use of existing or new tools for the detection, identification and monitoring of organisms, components and products of synthetic biology. Some guiding questions could be:
  • Which tools are currently available for detecting, identifying and monitoring organisms, components and products of synthetic biology?
  • Does the novelty that some organisms, components and products of synthetic biology might present, require the development of additional detection, identification and monitoring tools, other than those that already exist?
  • Could the current analytical techniques be used to distinguish between products of synthetic biology and their naturally occurring or chemically synthesized counterparts?
When posting this information, participants are requested to provide their source of information, indicating if it is coming from a publication, their own work, or other type of source.

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Topic 3: Overview of current capacity for the detection and identification of living modified organisms

Discussions will be held: 28 October - 8 November 2019
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

Under this item, the participants are invited to share their views on the current capacity for the detection and identification of LMOs. The aim of this discussion is to complement the information received through the submission of information as per paragraph 5 of decision 9/11. Participants may want to consider the following aspects to guide the discussion:
  • Is there sufficient capacity in your country or region to carry out detection and identification of LMOs?
  • What are the challenges that are currently being faced (if any)?
  • Have there been recent efforts and/or collaborations with other countries and/or organizations to improve the capacity for detection and, identification of LMOs?
  • What are the relevant organizations involved in improving global capacity for detection and identification?
  • Where should efforts be focused to improve the global capacity on detection and identification of LMOs?

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