Archive for September, 2008

GM Kills Sex Drive in Trout and Makes Them Easier to Catch

With diminishing fishery resources and increasing food demand from an ever-growing human population, it is not surprising that aquaculture corporations and multinational biotechnology are funding research and development into genetically modifying fish. Genetically engineered fish are bred to enhance their commercial viability, like enhanced growth rates, feed conversion efficiency, and tolerance for certain environmental conditions. Farm-raised trout, sought after mainly by recreational anglers…

Genetically Modified Salmonella to the Rescue

Salmonella, a genus of bacteria, is one of the leading causes of foodborne illnesses in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, salmonella illnesses about 14 of 100,000 persons each year, with an annual 30,000 reported cases of salmonellosis. Salmonella may be very bad bacteria, but researchers have discovered a way to transform these distressing bacteria into heroes: genetic modification. A latest study suggests that modified salmonella can deliver an antigen that protec…