Genetically engineered salmon: FDA considers approval

Posted on August 21st, 2010 by

Salmon art by Riverdale Salmon Students

A salmon that grows at twice the ordinary speed is being considered by the FDA to be the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption. The fish was engineered at AquaBounty Technologies of Waltham, Massachusetts, a small firm that argues that the fish could “help feed the world.”

This article about the fish quotes  Nobel speaker Thompson: “genetic engineering — especially perhaps of animals — is different [from other forms of breeding], at least in the public mind. ‘The thought of genetic engineering sort of excites the idea that there might be a kind of boundary-crossing going on that might be yucky,’ said Paul Thompson, an agricultural ethicist at Michigan State University.”

 


One Comment

  1. Paul B. Thompson says:

    I’m blogging today on the recall of contaminated eggs: http://thornapplecsa.com/2010/08/22/bad-eggs/