GM Salmon Able to Breed With Wild Trout

Jun 11, 2013

Researchers at McGill University say the hybrid offspring grew faster and out-competed wild counterparts in simulated environments. 

The US Food and Drug Administration is in the final stage of deciding whether or not to approve the genetically-modified salmon from Boston-based AquaBounty Technologies. If the FDA signs off on the product, it’ll be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption. Some see the farmed GM salmon, which grows to market size at twice the rate of a wild Atlantic salmon, as a good way of putting more seafood to market as fish stocks decline. But it has also met with plenty of opposition. Some environmental and consumer groups, and even lawmakers, say the impacts GM salmon could have on health and the environment are not yet fully known. A new study in Canada that showed GM salmon can breed with wild fish seems to indicate that may be true.

KDLG's Dave Bendinger reports: