Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

Life science and biotechnology research at JRC

Test tube with plantJRC's activities focus on the health-related aspects of biotechnology, such as bioanalysis, advanced alternative methods to animal experiments, bioinformatics, and factors modifying individual responses to environmental stressors. In addition, they concentrate on agro-food applications such as emerging biotechnological applications, GMO analysis and the co-existence of GM & non-GM crops.


In the field of food and feed safety, the Community reference laboratories constitute a major contribution to European public health.


Another area of increasing interest lies in exposure and risk assessment in the field of nanotoxicity, for example with regard to nanoparticles in consumer products such as sunscreen lotions: nanotech research at JRC.


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