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Would You Mind All-Female 'Supersalmon'?

Courtesy of AquaBounty
Courtesy of AquaBounty

Or if your 'supersalmon' — salmon genetically engineered to grow twice as fast as normal — has three sets of chromosomes instead of the usual two? NPR's Scott Hensley explores some of the odder facts about the salmon, which was developed by a biotech company headquartered in Waltham, AquaBounty Technologies.

NPR's Morning Edition reports that the gene alterations appear to be safe, but some still warn of potential risks.
A panel of scientific advisers met outside Washington, D.C. today to discuss whether it would recommend that the Food and Drug Administration approve the salmon as the first genetically engineered animal meant to be eaten by humans.

Says one NPR commenter: "Bring on the tartar sauce."

This program aired on September 20, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

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