Michigan may ban genetically engineered
One fish, two fish, red fish Glofish?
The nationís first genetically engineered pet glows in
the dark and has been lighting up cash registers in Michigan
pet shops. But Glofish, created by splicing a sea anemone
gene into a zebra fish, may not be available for long.
California already has banned the fish and proposed laws
in Michigan could do the same, The Bay City Times reported.
Todd Grischke, fisheries supervisor for the Department
of Natural Resources in Lansing, declined to comment specifically
on Glofish, but said his agency is working with state
legislators on new laws that would ban possession and
transportation of any genetically engineered organisms.
Grischke likened altered fish to an invasive species.
"You threaten entire ecosystems," he said.
"You donít know how those new animals are going to
behave in the wild."
"They could cause our original stocks to die off.
They could be susceptible to disease outbreaks. They could
change their life cycle patterns. Who knows?"
Glofish, grown by two Florida companies, are marketed
by Texas-based Yorktown Technologies, which contends the
pet is safe and wouldnít survive the cold waters of the
Great Lakes if released.
"Yorktown Technologies researched these fish for
two years, and spoke with over a dozen scientists internationally
to assure that they were safe," said Talley Summerlin,
a company spokesman.