On it like stink on cheese!
AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon grows twice as fast as the conventional variety — the photo shows two same-age salmon with the genetically altered one in the rear. The company says the fish has the same flavor, texture, color and odor as a regular salmon; however, the debate continues over whether the fish is safe to eat.
Genetically engineered Atlantic salmon has an added growth hormone from a Chinook salmon that allows the fish to produce growth hormone year-round. Scientists were able to keep the hormone active by using a gene from an eel-like fish called an ocean pout, which acts as an “on switch” for the hormone.
If the FDA approves the sale of the salmon, it will be the first time the government has allowed modified animals to be marketed for human consumption. According to federal guidelines, the fish would not have to be labeled as genetically modified.
FDA says yes
Good enough for me, that is going to be excellent sushi-meat.
On the topic of GMO’s A follower sent me this link. Worth a read!
“After reading “What’s the big deal about GMOs anyways?” I was really disappointed for the umpteenth time with the organic movement for creating panic and anxiety in the completely wrong direction. This article is a classic example of uninformed “naturalists” who don’t know how to differentiate Recombinant DNA Technology, Transgenics, and Genetically Modified Organisms/Foods from some of the corporate policies that abuse this technology. This is pathetic. The self-proclaimed “eco-crusaders” waging ontological war against a process that is widely observed in nature only serves to manipulate the consumer public into making fear-based decisions based on distorted science, and stunts legitimate discourse on how to anticipate and minimize the ecological impacts of GMOs, as well inhibits the possibility for the public to actively participate in creating regulation policies. My response will attempt to disentangle some of the skewed data presented in this article and to specifically address the biological science regarding GMOs.” [more]
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『言の葉の庭』 予告篇 “The Garden of Words” by Makoto Shinkai
OMG THAT WAS LIKE AN EYEGASM
Livin’ on ur plants, harvestin ur sunshine
The ability to gather sunlight and convert it to useable energy has been the plant kingdom’s longstanding trump card (along with some bacteria and fungi) when it comes to “greatest evolutionary adaptation known”. Unlike the rest of the tree of life ,photosynthetic organisms have billions of years worth of free energy to count on. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet of solar food. The evolution of the animal world actually wouldn’t have happened if photosynthetic organisms hadn’t started pumping oxygen into our atmosphere in the early years of Earth.
For the first time, scientists have found evidence that an insect shares this ability. Some pea aphids, like the one pictured above, can produce plant-like orange pigments called carotenoids. In addition to chlorophyll, these are the same compounds that leaves use to harvest light, and also why we get those beautiful browns and oranges in autumn.
The aphid seems to have “stolen” the genes from a fungus, and then through some non-photosynthetic mechanism, is using the pigments to create ATP, life’s energy currency.
This isn’t the first time a larger organism has developed the ability to harvest sunlight! A sea slug was discovered a few years ago that borrowed photosynthetic genes from microscopic algae. Looks like the branches on that tree of life cross over more than we thought.
More at Scientific American.
WHAT?! I’M EXPLODING
I want that ORF in a phage inside me now!
I’m going to build a catapult and start filling it with money so that I may throw it at this DVD with the force of a thousand exploding stars upon its release.
That is such a spectacularly terrible survey.
What a magnificent sonofabitch you are, Steven Colbert.