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Comet assay

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Comet Assay


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Projects & Collaboration

Current Projects & Collaboration

hComet CA15132 Project


hCOMET (COST Action CA15132) - The comet assay as a human biomonitoring tool - is supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

The main aim of hCOMET COST Action is to collect the results of individual human population studies creating a unified database of comet assay data relating to human health and disease, promoting the consolidation of a network of researchers actively involved in collecting comet assay data on DNA damage (and DNA repair) in human populations. 

Projects & Collaboration

Past Projects & Collaboration

ComNet Project


The ComNet (comet network) project on the comet assay in human population studies was launched during the International Comet Assay Workshop meeting in Kusadasi, Turkey (September 13–16, 2011).

The main priorities of the ComNet project were

  • to establish the comet assay as a reliable biomonitoring tool for human studies 

  • to define the relevance of DNA damage (as measured with the comet assay) for human health and disease.

The project and consortium formed the basis for the hCOMET COST action.

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European Comet Assay Validation Group (ECVAG)

The European Comet Assay Validation Group (ECVAG) was one of the main pillars of ECNIS2, the continutation of the initial Environmental Cancer Risk, Nutrition and Individual Susceptibility (ECNIS) FP7 project.

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Comet assay and cell array for fast and efficient genotoxicity testing - FP6 project



FP6 project focussed on Newborns and Genotoxic exposure risks.

Goal: Development and application of biomarkers of dietary exposure to genotoxic and immunotoxic chemicals and of biomarkers of early effects, using mother-child birth cohorts and biobanks.

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