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post #21 of 26 Old 03-04-2009, 06:34 PM
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From what i herd they are genetically altered by gov. agents to help find waters that are polluted.
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post #22 of 26 Old 05-13-2009, 08:36 PM
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well they say there genetically modified but i think they use chemicals.. well that could still be genetically modifying

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post #23 of 26 Old 05-16-2009, 12:09 PM
They were originally created to test waters for pollution. The glowing gene was suppressed and would only show up in polluted waters. The ones for the trade have the gene switched on, so they always glow.

Also they have every right to patent these fish and make and breeding AND selling for a profit illegal. They went to great lengths to develop these fish in labs and put a lot of money into them. If everyone was allowed to breed and sell them, there is the chance that those who made them would overall loose money from there creation.

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post #24 of 26 Old 05-22-2009, 11:42 PM
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Genetically modified zebra danios. The offspring will have the color of the parent fish. Pretty cool fish, I have 3, one of each color available. For more info: GloFish Fluorescent Fish FAQ


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post #25 of 26 Old 05-23-2009, 07:41 AM
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This debate about glofish had me thinking about other things in our daily lives that we just take for granted and never question.....yes, these fish are genetically altered, and some people will take a stand on whether that is good or bad, but lets look at other things that have been altered to fit our lifestyles and the glofish debate seems a little trivial......How many people drink milk?......They have been messing with dairy cows for years to produce more milk, by injecting hormones to influence there production, thus a few generations later, the cows offspring produces more milk without the hormones........Same for chickens and their egg production and the growth hormones that are injected to produce a chicken that is all breast with skinny little legs........I dont know if these processes are "patented", but to me its the same results.......How about fruits and veggies?.........The selective growing of certain types of plants to produce more fruit or veggies, started in someone's lab........Its a natural process with a little jump start......What about dogs?..........I see all these designer breeds that are now being sold as another species.....Lets breed 2 different dogs and make up a name and charge a crazy price for them....Thats not a new breed, thats a mutt, IMO.........Those types of breeds cant be patented, and if they are, who is enforcing such laws?...

What it comes down to, IMO......Like them or not, there is nothing wrong with glofish......Taking a stance about them being genetically altered is fine, but to me it seems a little hypocritical to berate anyone who feels different about it......I have to go now and BBQ some chicken breasts and toss my salad, and pour myself a glass of milk!
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post #26 of 26 Old 05-23-2009, 11:28 AM
I looked on the glofish website and it actually mentions that even breeding them (intentionally) is not quite legal. So I guess that eliminates the breeding them to give them away thing. At least in a legal sense.
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