GMOs of Zebra Glofish
By: Morgan Drury & Kaitlyn Strauser
Who, What, Where, When, & Why
The Glowing Zebrafish is exactly what it sounds like, a zebrafish that can glow in the dark. The GM tetra is a small fresh water fish that includes genetic material from a fluorescent coral that makes it neon bright and allows it to glow under a black light. These fish were originally bred to help detect environmental pollutants. It was created in Yorktown, first by a group at the National University of Singapore in the late 1990's.
Making of the GMO
-The fish fluoresce in the prescence of pollutants to help environmentalists with their research and studies.
-This new product of biotechnology won't pose any threats to anyone or anything
-Breeding between escaped Glofish and native Glofish could weaken the progeny and negatively affect the native fish species in future generations
-California has banned these fish because they are uncertain of them.
-Glofish are about to hit stores without any clear regulatory check or synthetic safety assessment, showing that we don't exactly know how to deal with this type of biotechnology yet.
-The Glofish can't survive in cold waters.