Fun with Glow-in-the-Dark Pets and Animals
As seen in The Wall Street Journal:
Taikong's fish ... may well be the world's first genetically modified house pets...
Word has traveled fast among aquarium enthusiasts. "If they can actually do this, it will be the greatest thing since popped corn ... There's a lot of pent-up demand" for fluorescent fish in the U.S. ... [there may be] a day when people will select their own color combinations. "My gosh, if they ever made one that was red, white, and blue, every Marine in the country would buy one."
The reaction in Europe, where resistance to genetic modification runs high, is different. "Fish shops in the U.K. won't touch them with a barge pole ... There's a very strong anti-genetic-engineered-fish feeling in the U.K."
GloFish to challenge California's Bioengineering Ban? [sfgate.com]
Transgenic zebrafish go on sale next month to aquarium hobbyists across the United States, but not in California unless Yorktown Technologies of Austin wins an exemption to a recent state ban on lab-engineered aquatic species. Today the California Fish and Game Commission is expected to take up the issue Sacramento after state biologists concluded that the fish poses no threat to the aquatic environment of California.
Yorktown Technologies plans a nationwide rollout for the fish Jan. 5 and expects them to be hot sellers at $5 each.
News and Information:
Taiwan's glowing fish raises ecological concerns Reuters - July 29, 2003
'Fluorescent fish' give the green light to GM pets The Observer - June 15, 2003
Glowing fish to be first genetically changed pet CNN - November 21, 2003
Glowing red GM fish to sell in US New Scientist - Nov 24, 2003
Genetically altered aquarium GloFish in market soon ABS CBN News - November 27, 2003
Transgenic species exemption sought for fluorescent fish Sarasota Herald-Tribune - November 27, 2003
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