Can we engineer life? 5.1a Animal gene technology, AquAdvantage GM salmon: the gene construct

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Abstract

Researchers do not apply genetic modification just to microorganisms and plants. Animals are genetically modified as well, we will treat this in the articles of Essay 5. With regards to plants, the entire process of regulation and acceptation is complicated and lengthy; with regards to animals it is like a never-ending story. After thirty years, the genetically modified AquAdvantage GM salmon is for sale on the market, finally, but that does not mean that this first animal GM food has been generally accepted.
In the Netherlands we have the transgenic bull Herman as an example of such a never-ending story. Right from its birth in the early ‘90s it has been in the spotlight, and much discussed. Now its mounted remains are on display in the Naturalis museum in Leiden. The exciting story of his its life can be found on Wikipedia.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2019

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