12 Nov '11, 1pm

GM Salmon No Longer Dead in the Water Thanks to USDA Funding

GM Salmon No Longer Dead in the Water Thanks to USDA Funding

It seemed that AquaBounty’s GM salmon was dead in the water so to speak, until recently when the USDA revived Frankenfish with the help of some generous funding. Much of the public turned out to be largely opposed to GM salmon hitting the market, fearing the environmental and health repercussions. But a recent story on Grist shows the USDA hasn’t been listening to the public’s call. Grist reported that on Monday the USDA awarded AquaBounty $494,000 so that the Frankenfish inventor could adjust the techniques that they use to render the GM salmon sterile. It’s critical that the fish not be able to reproduce so that it can’t mate with non-GM salmon and therefore contaminate the wild salmon population considering the generous modification of the species. According to Ars Technica : These genetically modified Atlantic salmon have two foreign DNA sequences inserted into their g...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/gm-salmon-no-longer-...

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