Here Comes 'Frankenfish'
Genetically modified salmon clears FDA hurdle, likely to be approved soon
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2012 5:45 PM CST
This undated 2010 handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies shows two same-age salmon. Got a guess on which one is genetically modified?   (AP Photo/AquaBounty Technologies)

(Newser) – Americans will likely be digging into the first meal from a genetically modified animal—a salmon—in about a year. The FDA has declared that salmon engineered by AquaBounty Technologies is safe to eat and poses no threat to the environment, reports the AP. The ruling makes it all but certain that the agency will grant final approval for the creature that critics call "Frankenfish," reports the New York Times.

Those who partake will be eating an Atlantic salmon that has a growth-hormone gene from Pacific Chinook salmon. Scientists also added a gene from a fish called the ocean pout that keeps the growth-hormone gene on constantly. The upshot is that these salmon get big in a fraction of the usual time. They will be raised in farms and all will be bred to be sterile females, though the AP says a small percentage might be able to breed. That has critics worried about what might happen if they escape. The FDA review was actually completed months ago, and the White House has been accused of delaying its release for political gain. Slate has an investigative piece on that angle.

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MSCOTTASHLEY
Dec 30, 2012 1:45 PM CST
Yes, they will escape. They always do. The killer bees the snakehead etc. The same way the tiger shrimp escaped a South Carolina research facility and are now taking over the south eastern seaboard. Oh well, some people are so smart they outsmart themselves.
texron
Dec 23, 2012 11:01 PM CST
It has already happened..Indians farked with bison.... and republicans were born !!!
Pointy_1
Dec 23, 2012 8:24 PM CST
Whatever next, they will take some guy & mate him with another species. WOW, they already did that and Lo & Behold we have the result as a Hybrid President, gotta be real real careful in future, never know what the outcome will be.