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GMO Salmon Concerns Scientists

Posted: January 28, 2013 |   Comments

Critics call it "Frankenfish," but the trade name is AquAdvantage - an Atlantic salmon endowed with DNA and growth hormones from both the Chinook salmon and an eel-like ocean pout.

The result is a fish that reaches market weight in one-half the normal time.
Once approval is granted - and it is expected to come soon - the transgenic salmon will be the world's first genetically engineered animal available for human consumption. It's a worrisome prospect for some, but to the biotech industry, the road to approval has been one frustrating delay after another.

The fast-growing AquAdvantage salmon has a competitive edge over conventional fish farming, but getting the new fish to market has taken much longer than expected. Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies first sought U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1989, and their creation has remained under scrutiny ever since.

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