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Salmon is the latest species to join a long list of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We've covered this topic before, looking at how food regulation works in the U.S. as well as the more scientific perspective. Overwhelmingly, scientific research agrees that GMO foods pose no threat to humans. It's quite likely that you've eaten GMO food recently and not even known it: tomatoes, potatoes, tofu, rice, cotton, corn, squash, and a whole lot more. AquAdvantage, the company that engineered the salmon, combined the DNA of a Chinook salmon and an eel-like species. The resulting fish grows faster than wild salmon. It's also sterile to avoid any major problems if a GM salmon should escape into the wild. Well, 95 percent of those bred in captivity are sterile.
As Trace explains here, there's a host of other animals currently being researched for genetic modification. The researchers behind many of the projects have goals of breeding more efficient, nutritious animals for human consumption-like a line of goats that produces milk that can prevent children from contracting diarrhea, a potentially deadly disease in some parts of the country.
China Is Building a Giant Animal-Cloning Factory to Feed the Masses (Vice)
"While the rest of the world sorts out its feelings about the safety and ethics of cloning animals for food production, China is charging ahead and building the world's largest animal cloning factory, set to begin operations in 2016. The 200 million yuan (over $31 million) commercial animal cloning center will be located in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, a government-sponsored business area about 100 miles from Beijing."
Will We Ever Eat Genetically Modified Meat? (BBC)
"In 2012, the AquAdvantage salmon, reared by the US-based AquaBounty Technologies, looked set to become the first GM animal approved for human consumption. A panel appointed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the fish is safe to eat and poses no threat to the environment."