Brown Trout breeds with Frankenstein GE Salmon

A new study published in the has found that  Atlantic salmon can cross-breed with a closely related species – the brown trout.

Once the two the GE Salmon passes these traits to the . The study evaluated the number of transgene and determined that approximately 40% of the hybrids carried the modified genes.

The researchers found that in the laboratory, the genetically modified salmon could breed with the brown trout. Of the 363 fish analyzed at the start of the experiment, about 40% of the hybrids carried the modified genes and that these developed extremely quickly.

Dr Darek , from the , Canada, said: “[Under conditions] the hybrids grew faster than the wild salmon, wild trout and wild-type hybrids. The GM hybrids also outgrew the GM salmon.”


between genetically modified Atlantic salmon and wild brown trout reveals novel ecological interactions. Proc. R. Soc. B vol. 280 no. 1763 20131047

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