Re: NANFA-- Transgenetic Danios

Todd Crail (
Sat, 6 Dec 2003 21:32:05 -0500

I totally agree Jeff. If anything, this "feature" is more of an insurance
plan they're not in the water long enough to pass on any genes.

What I'm most curious about, as I was staring in near disgust looking at
them and the newly arrived blue parrot "cichlids" next to them... Is how the
manufacturer of these GM fishies assures they keep the product theirs? Are
they polyploid sterile or something?

As a positive biproduct tho... The same place now has _awesome_ looking
"wild type" zebra danios for .99 Heck, I almost grabbed a dozen for
giggles. Must be a weird lot in life to look more wild than the wild type
(the ideal look) and be considered of less value :)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeffrey Fullerton" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 9:05 PM
Subject: NANFA-- Transgenetic Danios

> > Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 20:02:46 -0800 (PST)
> > From: matt ashton
> > Subject: Re: NANFA-- trading post
> >
> > On Ebay?! can you do that...?! It seems so great yet so dangerous....
> >
> > sorta related...California banned the sale of transgenic Zebra Danio
> >
> Question - is there any logical reason other than a knee jerk reaction
> to genetically modified organisms? How could a GM Zebra Danio be any
> more of a threat to the California freshwater ecosystems than the wild
> type? I could see the reason for concern in regard to the native
> populations in Asia - same as concerns for the use of GM crops in areas
> where there is a possibility of contamination of wild genepools of
> potentially useful plants or even loss of unique land races of crops-
> but what do these designer fish have that the original species don't
> that makes them a potentially invasive species?
> Jeff
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