OMG Did You Pick GMO?
Charm Julia Batilo, Brianna Mei
Ideal Mini School
Floor Location : M 104 H

Our project develops around a combination of the ideas antiangiogenesis and GMOs. Antiangiogenic agents are inhibitors against blood vessels that "feed" cancerous tumors and other diseases. There are natural agents- food- which have different antiangiogenic properties and varying potencies of them. We investigated on tomatoes and wanted to find out if there is a difference in the antiangiogenic property lycopene between GM Roma and Organic Roma.

Through further research, we hypothesized, "If we compared the lycopene potencies of GM Roma tomatoes and Organic ones, then we predict that GMOs will have higher levels." With the major materials: homogenized tomato blend and a spectrophotometer, we conducted our experiment through a series of steps to determine each sample's lycopene levels using the spectrophotometer. The results of our experiment revealed that Organic tomatoes have higher levels of lycopene; GMO's average lycopene was 5.32 lower.

Thus, our data didn't support our hypothesis, but we can still apply the information for further experimentation or reference. People may possibly take our data into consideration when they decide whether to buy GM tomatoes, in terms of the levels of "cancer fighting" lycopene. Our main possible source of error was that the tomatoes seemed to differ in viscosity after we blended them for the same amount of time; this factor may have negatively influenced the results.

We'd like to acknowledge the UBC Chemistry department and their lab director Yurou Sang for lending us their resources and making our experiment possible.