|Originally posted by Sweets
Two public interest groups have filed a lawsuit to block sales of the nationâ€™s first genetically modified household pet â€“ a fluorescent zebra fish which glows red under UV light thanks to a gene implanted from an anemone. The suit alleges the implanted genes can threaten human and animal health if the biotech fish are released and consumed by other fish that eventually are eaten by humans. The producers of the fish say scientific studies have shown the fish are safe. (AP)
Do you think these "experiments" should continue? Should animals be genetically modified to make them better pets??
I'd just like to point out something. These fish are not experiments. Someone has simply applied a laboratory procedure, (simliar to, and likely the same one in which they made a glowing rabbit and ANDI), to these fish to make a profit. These experiments were done to show the success of gene modification. And these were judged not simply whether the new organisms glowed or not. They had their DNA tested to see whether they contained the glowing gene. Then tested whether they expressed this gene, meaning, whether they glowed or not. This has led to many other developments in gene modification and gene therapies in the medical labs around the world.
Secondly, the lawsuit is laughable. Just think about it for one second...okay maybe a few more than that considering the amount or words I am about to type. This gene exists naturally in the environment in an anemone. I am sure there are animals of some sort out there that eat this anemone and other animals that eat those and so forth that eventually land on our dinner plate. Have I put anyone off seafood yet? There would be no difference between the created gene and the gene existing the the environment. Though I do feel the lawsuit will succeed based on emotion rather than facts.
After saying that, I am against people using such procedures to make novelty animals. This is what they are, novelties, no longer living animals that deserve the right to live, they live to please.