International E co G en Incorporated
Genetic Ecotoxicology - Is it Useful?
Many of the contaminants in our environment
produce impacts at the genetic level. The environmental regulations of most
countries in the world including Canada do not regulate chemical contaminants
for effects at this level. Indeed the environmental risk assessments that are commonly done
exclude all genetic effects because the risk assessors do not know what to do
with this data and, therefore, ignore it. The trace level contaminant effects on
gene function, although now coming to light, has yet to be considered by
environmental policy makers. Although our company specializes in an assay that
identifies DNA damage at the chromosomal level through a very cost effective,
but sensitive protocol utilizing a flow cytometre, there is almost no market for
this service because of the lack of regulation at the genetic level. Only
individuals and organizations that really want to know what the full impact of a
certain chemical or effluent is in the receiving environment consider our
diagnostic service essential.