Fast-Growing Fish May Never Wind Up on Your Plate


Salmon that is genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on dinner plates — if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat.

After weathering concerns about the safety and environment impact of the salmon, Aquabounty in 2010 was to poised to become the world's first company to sell fish whose DNA has been altered to speed up growth. But the a government agency has not approved the fish, and Aquabounty is running out of money.

Scientists worry that the company's experience could discourage other U.S. firms from investing in the science of manipulating animal DNA to produce a desirable trait. That would put the U.S. at a disadvantage at a time when foreign governments are pouring millions of dollars each year into the field.

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