Tuesday, June 04, 2013
They Really Are Frankenfish
It's only a question of when, not if, genetically modified Atlantic salmon, popularly known as "Frankenfish" escape into the wild. Oh it will be some horrible mistake to be sure. No one, we'll be told, could have foreseen what happened. Yeah, right.
Canadian scientists decided to run a little experiment to see what would happen if genetically modified Atlantic salmon, Frankenfish, escaped and wound up with other species, in the case of their experiment, ordinary brown trout.
Their research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, reveals that not only did the two species successfully interbreed but they produced a hybrid Frankenfish.
“When the fish were placed in a mocked-up stream inside the laboratory, the researchers found that the hybrids were out-competing both the genetically modified salmon and wild salmon, significantly stunting their growth,” writes Rebecca Morelle, science reporter for BBC News.
“They’re like the super offspring,” said George Leonard, director of strategic initiatives, Ocean Conservancy.
The would-be Frankenfish producer, AquaBounty, responded by saying they'll only be producing females and even that will only be done on facilities on-shore.
Yeah, for now.