The FDA just approved the nation’s first genetically engineered animal: A salmon that grows twice as fast

November 19, 2015 3:30 PM

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The FDA just approved the nation’s first genetically engineered animal: A salmon that grows twice as fast

After years of review and endless controversy, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the nation's first genetically altered animal -- a salmon engineered to grow twice as fast as its natural counterpart.

AquAdvantage, produced by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty, is an Atlantic salmon that contains a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and has been given a gene from the ocean pout, an eel-like fish. The result is a fish that is large enough for consumption in about a year and a half, rather than the ...

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