Panama expects benefits from world’s first GM salmon

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Panama’s researchers have played a key role in creating a rapidly growing salmon that may soon become the world’s first commercially sold genetically modified (GM) animal.

The US’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled the consumption of GM salmon to be as safe as conventional Atlantic salmon, and is now analyzing public comments on its environmental impact as the final part of the approval process.

If the FDA permits the transgenic salmon to be imported for human consumption — which the firm that developed the fish hopes will be granted this year — the research station in Panama that is studying the GM salmon would switch to growing it for the US market.

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