Who the heck would want to eat that ? Short of Ricardo Montalban (star trek ref). Stop the rsch, esp if gov\'t funded, and kill all those fish before they get loose.
Nick Gencarelle
There is nothing scarier than this out there right now for fisheries-imaging the damage such a fish could wreak on the whole ecosystem if someone put it into the wild and they would! This should be banned way more than embryo testing, way more than any stem cell research or genetically altered crops. It is wrong and should be stopped immediately. I doubt they can make these male sterile.
We could save a lot of money for the school and taxpayers by firing morons that come up with these ideas! I would never eat any fish like this!
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Killer Bees come to mind!
Raum Bances
The concept is just disgusting. We really need to stop mucking around and genetically modifying food.
They think this will improve sales but it will have the opposite affect. Once other countries find out we are putting fish with bastardized DNA in with other fish, they will stop buying any of it. If you don\'t believe me, look into Monsanto and see what is going on right now with GE vegetables. (GMO food)
They are ruining things for everyone and worse still, run the risk of damaging the original DNA pool of the species by polluting it with this crap.
I think that fears of this type of fish somehow escaping and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem are probably unfounded. There is almost always a down-side to being some kind of super animal. Rainbow trout have been about for some millions of years and, in that time, if the particular mutation that these fish have was advantageous in the wild, then it would have probably come about naturally. My guess would be that these fish need more food than a regular fish. They probably aren\'t as effective at surviving periods of starvation either, with their body constantly trying to manufacture more muscle mass. These kinds of consideration mean that this kind of fish would get on great in an environment where food is abundant (like in a fishery, with a farmer throwing food at them as fast as they can eat it), but much more poorly when food might not be so abundant. My guess would be that they would be rapidly out-competed by the wild trout.
On some level, it is arrogant of us a species to think that we could take something that has been hewn by nature over millions of years and improve it into some kind of super-being by making some simple changes.
On the eating front, meat is meat. There is no difference in eating meat from these fish to a normal trout.
Just a little fisheries/scientific facts FYI. One, that fish is obviously in spawning season, which explains the coloration. Stores don\'t sell spawning fish because of there apperance. Give that fish 6 months and it would be chrome. Second there are no natural populations of RBT in RI (they are stocked annually from hatcheries) and transgenic fish are already maintained in secure facilities. Third, transgenic fish can easily be sterilized by triploidy or other methods which are commonly performed. Fourth, that muscled look will likely only be present in the fish that had the DNA injected into them. It is a common side effect of making transgenic organisms that not all of the cell will contain the DNA in the parents. That fishes babies will look normal, just bigger, and those would be the fish you would eat. And finally, what the article doesn\'t describe is the significance of work like this to our understanding of the physiology of animals. It is just one step further to understanding what makes life work. I say the more informed we are about the world around us the better off we will be.
@Raum Bances There is nothing wrong with genetically modified food. In fact, everything you eat has been genetically modified! Even if you grow your own vegetables. Without genetically modified foods, half the worlds population would starve to death! Every piece of bread you eat, every apple you eat, every ear of corn you a other words, genetically modified! in fact, the original color of carrots is not orange. They are black/purple. They were genetically manipulated back in the 17th century for purely political reasons in order to appease the English Earl of Orange!
And we can go back thousands of years for wheat! This crop has been so genetically modified, we don\'t even know what it\'s original genome was!
So, when you say you are against GMO foods, you are basically saying you want half the population of the planet earth to die. Because that is what would happen if we didn\'t genetically modify things to fit our every burgeoning population! Ed
Yeah, yeah. The REAL issue is: are the filets better when they\'re dusted with corn meal and fried in bacon fat, or grilled over coals and doused with a yummy, buttery amandine sauce?
I\'ve eaten uglier things than that, and so have you!
Darren Johnson
To the authors of the first 5 comments: if technology and its applications scare you so much, then why on earth are you even using a computer?