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December 2010 Issue

Clearing the Waters on GE Salmon

The topic of genetically engineered (GE) salmon is making headlines. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held hearings in September 2010 to evaluate an application for the sale of AquAdvantage Salmon, a GE salmon with a growth hormone gene that allows it to reach market size twice as fast as conventional salmon. The FDA has not made a final decision on whether it can be sold. It will first publish an Environmental Assessment on the salmon, allow a 30-day comment period, and decide if there are environmental impacts to consider.

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