Monday, September 20, 2010

Genetically engineered salmon and pigs?!?

Whaaa--do we really need this? Wall Street Journal reports that Aqua Bounty Technology has developed a salmon that grows twice as quickly as normal and is likely to be approved by the FDA.

The article also describes the Enviropig (the proposed critter on the left), being developed by the University of Guelph in Canada. This little piggy is being engineered to be a dynamo phosphorous processor, requiring less phosphorous in its feed, and thereby decreasing the amount of phosphorous in its waste. And voila! that makes it environmentally friendly!

More detailed information on the FDA salmon hearings and genetically modified crops was also reported in the same issue.

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