–Frankenfish?

– – It kinda feels like a Syfy movie offering, these tales of genetically-engineered animals for human consumption.   A fast-growing Atlantic salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies in Massachusetts contains an extra growth gene that makes it grow twice as fast as conventional farm-raised salmon, and is the first such genetically-engineered animal to be promoted for a food source.

The FDA says that studies conducted by AquaBounty show that the gene is safe for the salmon, safe for humans, and safe for the environment.  Some scientists and consumer groups say, however, that the agency should slow down and get more information, citing concerns over potential consumer allergies to such fish and questions about what would happen if such genetically-modified fish escaped from fish farms into the wild, there to mate with wild fish, out-compete with them for food, or irreversibly change their environments.   Soon, such fish might be running for elected office…

It all sounds a bit fishy…and there’s gotta be a bad horror movie in this somewhere! 

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3 Comments on “–Frankenfish?”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Yeah! Like that 1978 eco-thriller “Prophecy,” where a mercury-based algicide produces a salmon the size of a tuna. Or, “Humanoids From The Deep,” where coelacanths off the Pacific NW Coast (???) dine on age-accelerated salmon, and instantly evolve into Black Lagoon impersonators!

  2. carycomic Says:

    Never by me. 😉 😉


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