Transgenic Salmon Close to FDA Approval [science!]

Genetically-engineered Atlantic salmon from a company called Aqua Bounty Technologies are on the brink of getting U.S. FDA approval. The fish of the future have finally arrived! Canada's Globe and Mail reports:

Tweaked with genetic material from chinook salmon and an eel-like creature called an ocean pout, it reaches market size twice as fast as normal Atlantic salmon, the company says. Aqua Bounty has spent more than a decade chasing U.S. regulatory approval, which Food and Drug Administration officials have reportedly said is coming 'soon.'

The AquAdvantage® Salmon, infertile by design (out of concern they might interbreed with other species), would be the first genetically-engineered animals to be made available as food. The company, unsurprisingly, is expecting a bit of backlash but stand behind their "product." CEO Ronal Stotish says he has "tasted and enjoyed the modified fish."

Justine Sterling

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