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article imageTransgenic salmon included among the 50 ‘best inventions’ of 2010

By Igor I. Solar     Nov 19, 2010 in Technology
The controversial fast-growing transgenic Atlantic salmon produced by AquaBounty Technologies has been included in a list of the 50 best inventions of 2010 in the on-line version of Time Magazine.
The genetically modified fish is included among the 50 best inventions of 2010 by Time Magazine because it is deemed a remarkable biotechnological innovation. The faster-growing salmon carries in its genome a construct of Chinook salmon growth hormone gene coupled with an antifreeze promoter from a cold water fish, which allows the salmon to maintain its appetite during the winter months and reach market size in substantially shorter time using about 25 percent less feed.
The list includes innovations in several categories including transportation, technology, science and the arts. The faster growing salmon is classified under the bio-engineering category along with the first synthetic cell, a bacterium created by J. Craig Venter, the lab-grown lungs, a discovery that could open the way to the construction of human lung tissue to aid patients with emphysema or lung cancer, and Invetech-Organovo’s 3-D bio-printer which allows the design of human replacement components.
Farming of juvenile salmon.
Farming of juvenile salmon.
The research on the transgenic Atlantic salmon has been in the works for about 15 years and the fish cannot yet be commercially produced and marketed pending approval by the USA - Food and Drug Administration. The production of the transgenic fish has received objections from scientists and the general public mostly in connection with environmental and health concerns. The company has provided arguments against the objections mostly based on the alleged reproductive sterility of the genetically modified salmon.
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