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New Salmon Can Address a Myriad Of Problems

By Elliot Entis, co-founder of AquaBounty Technologies (From The Hill, Friday, October 8, 2010)  Natural fish stocks have been so depleted in the past few decades that more than half of the salmon we consume here in the United States comes to us from “fish farming,” 97 percent of which is imported. That’s because we consume highly-desirable fish like salmon at least twice as fast as it can reproduce in the wild. In 1993, AquaBounty, Read More >

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Don’t Be Afraid of “Frankenfish”

The Wall Street Journal ran on September 23, 2010, an op-ed authored by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood about FDA’s pending approval of a genetically engineered salmon.  This salmon can help meet the growing demand for protein-rich food without depleting wild fish stocks. Right now, the government is deciding whether it’s safe for us to eat genetically engineered salmon. The fish, called AquAdvantage, is being developed by a Massachusetts biotech firm and is in Read More >

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Science Advisory Board Has Rigorous Discussion on GE Salmon

FDA Approval Could Pave the Way for Future Science-based Technologies  As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous, scientific regulatory review governing genetically engineered (GE) animal technologies, the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) hosted a rigorous discussion about a GE salmon on September 19-21.  The AquAdvantage® Salmon is genetically engineered to reach its market weight in half the time of conventionally raised salmon thus contributing to more sustainable aquaculture systems.  It was Read More >

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Modified Salmon Is Safe, FDA Says

Hundreds of media outlets reported on the analysis and other materials related to the AquAdvantage salmon that was released by FDA September 3. Mainstream media coverage included articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Denver Post, Discover Magazine and CNN, which also posted an online video news clip. A salmon genetically engineered to grow quickly is safe to eat and poses little risk to the environment, the Food and Drug Administration Read More >

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Jerry Pommer: Livestock Biotech Conference Preview

BIOtech Now visited with Jerry Pommer, Director of Animal Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance for Hematech, Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jerry is a member of the program steering committee for BIO’s first-ever Livestock Biotech Summit, which  will provide participants with three days of cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic and government leaders on the care and use of animals in research and the many possibilities in the realm of GE animal research, regulation, and Read More >

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