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    Default Genetic Engineering

    I'd like to get some opinions on genetic modification of the fish we pursue. My self, I fear we may be entering dangerous waters. It seems to me that each time someone attempts to improve on our natural surroundings, it backfires Case in point, African killer bee research in S. America

    Not to mention Jurassic Park (joke) I'm not trying to start a war here. Gimme me some insight

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    Default Genetic Engineering....

    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I don't have a lot of concern about this subject even tho, I recognize that when humans have involved themselves in the past there have been some negative results. Maybe the potential use of CRISPR technology would change that. Altho, a Chinese scientist who used CRISPR for an unintended purpose is now cooling his heels in a Chinese prison. The potential for lack of external/internal controls and oversight is what concerns me.

    It seems like hybridization in nature results in genetic change (e.g. engineering) and occurs every day....
    "America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote."

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    Darian, thank you but no, I'm not going to correct you or any one else here. As a matter of fact, I had to look up CRISPR to find out what it is. And I learned something. I hope the watchers will have natures best interest at heart.

    Our domesticated animals are a good example of genetic change that has, for the most part, worked out well.

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    besides salmon that have been genetically modified for accelerated growth in aquaculture systems, what genetic engineering are you referring to in your post?

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    If you are referring to salmonids, then there does not appear to be much modification to bring back pure species, just the opposite. A book came out a few years ago by Anders Halverson called "An Entirely Synthetic Fish," where he thoroughly researched the history of the propagation of the McCloud strain of rainbow trout that have been raised in hatcheries by the billions and planted in waters all over the globe. Those trout are planted in traditionally native trout waters and hybridize the heck out of the trout that were already there. It would be nice if there were more protection of the native trout species and concern for their long term welfare. Many are being hybridized out of existence.
    "Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man." --Jeff Lebowski

    Some pics of native salmonids: http://flyguydave.wordpress.com/

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