Genetic modification of salmon ‘nothing to fear’

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The public tends to be fearful about GMOs because they don’t really understand what GMOs are, says Sarah Evanega, director of the Cornell Alliance for Science. . . . When groups promote labels that advertise products (think breakfast cereals) as non-GMO, the effect, called “absence labeling,” suggests to consumers that there is something inherently wrong with GMOs, she says.

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Legalizing a genetically modified animal for consumption on American dinner tables heightens the anxiety of the GMO debate, says Michael Hansen, an evolutionary biologist and senior scientist with Consumers Union. . . .

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In the end, according to Bill Manci, president of . . . Fisheries Technology Associates, AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon is nothing to fear.

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“We are not talking about producing Frankenstein fish,” Manci says. Rather, the technology just accelerates what conventional breeders would do over many generations of animals, he says.

“This furor over scientists and geneticists changing the genome of a fish is ridiculous,” Manci continues. “It’s human emotionalism getting in the way of really good scientific progress. This has been going on since the dawn of agriculture; we’re just making it faster.”

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