Friday, October 28, 2011

Transgenic salmon: coming soon to a store near you?

AquaBounty Technologies, an American company with operations in Prince Edward Island, is awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for commercial sale of its genetically modified salmon. If approved, it would be the first genetically modified animal to reach our dinner plates. John Buchanan, director of research and development for AquaBounty, told CBC News that its AquAdvantage salmon is "the most studied line of fish ever." The fish grows at about twice the natural rate, reaching maturity in 1 1/2 to two years. Both salmon are about the same size when fully grown. more