Singaporean scientists genetically modify zebra fish to detect water pollutants by turning fluorescent
. An American company realizes there's a consumer market for novelty glow-in-the-dark fish, and starts selling the US's first genetically modified pet
. While the FDA, which oversees GM animals, 'finds no reason to regulate'
, California's Fish and Game Commission bans sales in the state over ethical concenrns
, and a coalition of watchdog groups files suit to support a national ban
A year later, GloFish are still on sale, and California's reconsidering its sales block
. With the first GM pet quietly swimming into homes, and others (like hypo-allergenic cats
) close behind, are we ready for a designer pet invasion?
posted by thomascrown
on Dec 20, 2004 -
Today the British government
released a major report
on the safety of genetically modified foods. According to New Scientist
, "existing genetically modified crops and foods pose a 'very low' risk to human health and are 'very unlikely' to rampage through the British countryside", but others
posted by turbodog
on Jul 21, 2003 -
Since Genetically Modified Organisms are a big no-no in Europe, some scientists
are now focusing their efforts on TILLING (Targeting Induced Local Lesions in Genomes), a novel technology for rapid selection of a mutation in any gene from mutant plant, through the use of a mutagen, Ethyl Methanesulfonate (EMS)
Will this method be seen as less dangerous than Genetic Engineering à la Monsanto?
During my search on this topic, I stumbled on this entertaining story about DIY genegeneering
posted by titboy
on Oct 9, 2002 -