Fish de­tec­tion sys­tem for tox­ins wins award for Chi­nese com­pany

The China Post - - COMMENTARY -

A method for de­tect­ing tox­ins through the re­ac­tions of fish em­bryos has won Chi­nese com­pany Vi­tar­gent In­ter­na­tional a top prize for in­ven­tions, or­ga­niz­ers said Fri­day.

The Grand Prix at the In­ter­na­tion- al Ex­hi­bi­tion of In­ven­tions of Geneva went to Vi­tar­gent, from Hong Kong, for the nat­u­ral method of find­ing tox­ins.

“The com­pany uses em­bryos of ze­bra fish whose re­ac­tions make it pos­si­ble to study more than a thou­sand tox­ins at the same time,” or­ga­niz­ers said in a state­ment.

“This method can be used in many ar­eas such as food, medicine, plas­tic prod­ucts, cos­met­ics or any other sub­stance which can en­ter into con­tact with peo­ple, like wa­ter, for ex­am­ple.”

The fish em­bryos would re­act in be­tween 48 and 72 hours af­ter be­ing ex­posed to a prod­uct be­ing tested for tox­i­c­ity.

A thou­sand in­ven­tions were un­der re­view and a to­tal of 55 were given awards.

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