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Would Genetically Modified Salmon Get FDA Approval?

GM Salmon

The Case Of Genetically Modified Atlantic Salmon
The scientists from Canada have conducted a study on the potential risks of transgenic salmon escaping into the wild. The new study has found that the genetically modified salmon can cross- breed with fishes that are closely related to the species. One such species capable of cross- breeding with transgenic salmon is the brown trout. The genetically modified fish will have genes engineered to make them grow quickly. The crossbreeding will pass on these engineered genes to the offspring. The biotech company AquaBounty, is creating the salmon and according to the company the risks are negligible as they are producing female sterile fishes and they would be kept in tanks built on land. The transgenic salmon will be the first genetically modified animal which will be approved for consumption by humans.

The Growth Of Hybrids
In natural conditions the salmon will occasionally produce offspring with brown trout