GM in Aquaculture

Humans have been genetically modifying plants and animals for thousands of years with selective breeding.  Since the 1970s, we have been able to modify DNA, creating cisgenic (adding recombinant DNA from the same or similar species) and transgenic (adding recombinant DNA from a another species with which the organism can’t naturally breed with) species.  In the public domain genetically modified organisms for use in the food industry is a highly controversial topic.  On one side, there are concerns surrounding their potential impacts to both human and environmental health.  On the other, there are those who argue that the use of GMOs in aquaculture isn’t just of benefit to the industry, but for food security and even reducing our impacts on the oceans...

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Image: Male Feather River spring Chinook salmon.  Credit California Department of Fish and Wildlife/Flickr  (CC BY 2.0)