Monday, January 26, 2004

The GloFish Cometh An interesting article in today's NY Times. It seems those wacky fish scientists have genetically engineered a species of zebrafish carrying a gene from sea coral that causes it to glow. Pet stores are reporting uneven sales of the new fish.

The article nicely outlines a number of ethical issues related to genetic engineering ("It's unnatural!" says one side. "Yeah, but keeping fish in small glass boxes, that's real natural," says the other). It also points out that the fish was originally developed by researchers in Singapore, who sought to create a fish that would glow in the presence of pollution.


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