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Genetically Engineered Pets Hit the Market

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the hypoallergenic-cats dept.

Biotech 756

psoriac writes "According to this article the Taiwanese Taikong Corporation is starting to sell "Night Pearls" - zebrafish that glow in different red and green patterns thanks to genes from jellyfish and marine coral. US sales are expected to follow."

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I have a genetically engineered (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244286)

Trouser Snake! Also, Frist Ps0t up in you!

"Finally... (5, Funny)

frieked (187664) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244290)

...the world will know the glory of the five assed monkey." -Mephisto

Re:"Finally... (2, Funny)

rmadmin (532701) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244432)

Screw that, I want a Mog(tm) Monkey/Dog hybrid. Its "Mans best friend with arms"(c) All rights reserved, The drunk guys at a graduation party.

Re:"Finally... (0, Funny)

HowlinMad (220943) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244476)

I'm sorry Mog is taken. Please see the movie Spaceballs. 1/2 Man + 1/2 Dog = Mog. John Candy played the role.

Re:"Finally... (1)

rmadmin (532701) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244519)

I know.. fscking prior art anyways. :-/ Its just funnier with a monkey. :-) (BTW, I have Spaceballs, Got it at Target in the "Bargain bin" of stuff they were throwing away. Nothing like good movies for $2.50 :-)

Re:"Finally... (3, Funny)

Lazamataz (671587) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244448)

I can't wait until they combine the genes from the Bombardier Beetle [ucsc.edu] , the Firefly [vt.edu] , and the Electric eel [hypertextbook.com] .

Get the freakin' thing upset, and BOOOM.... bits of insect/fish dripping down your walls....

Re:"Finally... (-1)

lasmith05 (578697) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244504)

Haha that was a great first post.

Re:"Finally... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244544)

That Xenocrates quote is pretty weak. How many people sit in silence and let crimes happen or criminals go free? It happens all the time the world round. He wouldn't feel guilty about that?

There is a hell of a lot of feel guilty about if your silence allows something to happen that you know is wrong.

He must have been living in an ivory tower social construct to have never whitnessed anything bad happen because of the inaction of those around him (or himself).

How about this? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244294)

Ever see the mouse with the human ear [google.com] ? I'd like to see a guinea pig with a human vagina. And no teeth.

Re:How about this? (4, Insightful)

Monkey-Man2000 (603495) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244391)

We need a Moderation for +1/-1 Disgusting!

Re:How about this? (-1, Offtopic)

chimpo13 (471212) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244444)


What? I can't hear you.

Re:How about this? (1)

ScuzzyNutsThePirate (600801) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244425)

I don't get it, why no teeth? I mean, the poor thing wouldn't be able to eat and.... OOOOOH. I get it.

Re:How about this? (1)

Z0mb1eman (629653) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244458)

I still don't get it... vaginas don't have teeth!

Re:How about this? (4, Funny)

ScuzzyNutsThePirate (600801) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244516)

I take it that you've never been to Kentucky?

Re:How about this? (1)

javiercero (518708) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244521)

Ohhh poor child, one day you will get it. You are still too innocent and unspoiled, don't let poster's like the parent of this thread take that from you....

Bah! (2, Interesting)

aborchers (471342) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244296)

I'd rather have a pressurized tank with naturally bioluminescent deep-sea species...

Re:Bah! (5, Insightful)

oenone01 (312264) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244376)

I'd rather have a pressurized tank with naturally bioluminescent deep-sea species...

How would you clean it? That is without killing the fish when you depressurized it.

Re:Bah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244513)

You could get an eco-sphere [eco-sphere.com] ... They're not luminescent, but you don't need to clean the 'tank' :)

Re:Bah! (3, Interesting)

aborchers (471342) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244542)


How would you clean it? That is without killing the fish when you depressurized it.


While I'm daydreaming, I may as well make it a perfectly self-sustaining biosphere that never needs cleaning, right?

Seriously, if I could afford to create such an environment and the equipment needed to get the fishes from the ocean and into it (which to the best of my knowledge noone has ever done) I would imagine I could create a cleaning system that works while the system was pressurized.

Alternately, perhaps some multi-chambered approach where the fish could be herded into a chamber that remains pressurized while the other chamber is depressurized for cleaning???

Re:Bah! (1)

rf_homer (662461) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244560)

Which would immediately be blind since you don't live in a permanent blackness (unless you view /. with black text on a black screen....). But assuming you can get past the genetic modifications, people with aquariums are often for relaxation/amusement. I find that unique fish would be a welcome addition to my tank, but breeding is beyond me so as long as these fish don't have other major side effects from gm (short life, high cost, diseases, etc) than for those of us who do this for the enjoyment would love these. It does make you think of Jurassic Park when they say the fish are 90% sterilized.

Bah! (-1, Offtopic)

HughJampton (659996) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244308)

So I supposes this obsoletes my experiments to inject fish with glow in the dark dyes MWAHAHAHAHA

By the way, fp.

FP ( Score : 5, insightful ) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244315)

I drank some gm milk today! Look what happened when I farted! [rotten.com]

Roll on the genetically engineered toys (3, Interesting)

ites (600337) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244320)

It was inevitable, and follows a long and respected history of torturing animal genes to please people. Little dogs like mice, cats with squished faces, glowing fish. Hey, what's the good of absolute power if we can't abuse it.

Before all the fuss about "messing with nature", I'll just remind /. readers about the theory that most human attributes including pigmentation were selected by sexual, not environmental selection. I.e. we look like we do largely because, like glowing fish, we find ourselves "cute".

Re:Roll on the genetically engineered toys (5, Funny)

WTFmonkey (652603) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244364)

I, also a member of PETA, am wondering how these fish taste.

BTW, that's the "People for the Eating of Tasty Animals".

Re:Roll on the genetically engineered toys (0)

BiteMeFanboy (680905) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244426)

Err that IS evironmental selection.

Re:Roll on the genetically engineered toys (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244455)

history of torturing animal genes

Something tells me that genes don't feel pain and therefore can't be tortured. Maybe it is that lack of a nervous system.

From an ethical point of view I have no problem with this. My only concern would be letting something like this loose in nature and therefore messing with ecology.

Gene torture (1)

ites (600337) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244547)

I was not being literal but now that you bring it up, I think it is actually possible to torture genes: all you have to do is frustrate the little buggers' will to reproduce by breeding them artificially so that instead of the best genes being selected, the freaky ones are. I can't think of a better (or more fitting) torture. Genes, after all, spend their entire existence torturing us, then they discard our worn-out carcasses and move on. YAY FOR GENETIC MANIPULATION!! REVOLT AGAINST GENE TYRANNY!!

Re:Roll on the genetically engineered toys (2, Funny)

Master Bait (115103) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244517)

Give us another million years and we'll breed away the hair on the muff forever.

Re:Roll on the genetically engineered toys (3, Funny)

parkanoid (573952) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244562)

Are you trying to say that the vast majority of the human race has the intellegence of the bugblatter beast because geeks can't get laid? ;)

Huh? (4, Insightful)

cmburns69 (169686) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244323)

This is a disturbing trend. The same problem exists with genetically altered pets as with genetically modified foods. There is the potential (and its likely) that the GM version is more hardy than the natural version; Therefore, if left to compete in the open environment (maybe some seeds spread to a different field, or some kid turns their fish loose in the sea) they could replace the natural species.

I don't know what the solution is, because there are many good uses for GM products, but its an issue that needs to be thought out carefully, instead of just saying "cool!"

more than cool (1)

chocolatetrumpet (73058) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244464)

I was visiting my friend and his new kitten and we were both playing with him, sniffling away... it was kind of rediculous! He took his allergy pill a little late, and I don't really take them, I just deal with the effects when I'm around pets. I would sure like an allergen-free kitten.

Hell, I'd like an allergen free me!

Re:Huh? (3, Insightful)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244485)

How is that a problem?

If left to their own devices simple mutation will eventually lead to the hardier species anyways.

More of a problem is if they are not hardier species and rely upon artificial environments [man] to survive. Even then it's simply an ethical consideration about making a species that is doomed without us. Are we ready for the responsibility and the such.

Personally I think it's cool. I also think that *someone* is going to do it, as someone will always disregard ethics for some reason or another...

I doubt it in this case (5, Insightful)

Benm78 (646948) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244489)

The risk you mention is an obvious one, but with most genetically modified organisms its unlikely they would be superior competitors for the wild type.

I doubt that glowing in the dark would benefit a zebrafish. Its very unlikely they'd be more attractive to the opposite sex here, zebrafish are not used to looking for glowing mates. Also, glowing in the dark could be quite a disadvantage if any predators are near.

In case of GM'd crops (resistance to pests etc.) the modified organism could well be superior to the wildtype.

But even if an advantage is introduced, its still questionable if replacing the wild type with the improved version is a bad thing.

What does humanity lose when all soybean plants become roundup-resistant? Would the world be a worse planet to live on if all zebrafish glowed in the dark?

ya know what I think (1, Funny)

squarefish (561836) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244327)

But the prospect of GM pets has outraged pet dealers.

Sounds like a PR problem.
Maybe they should hire Robert Novak [petswarehouse.com] to help their image- he lots of fish experience!

Re:ya know what I think (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244468)

That's fine...I think some pet dealers are the scum of the earth. Specifically, those that deal in cats and dogs. I find it rather disturbing that some pet shops treat cats and dogs as commodities and not living creatures when there are millions of homeless animals out there already in need of homes.

Anyway, haven't we been doing this for thousands of years already with selective breeding? To reflect on the fact that a toy poodle is descended from wild wolves blows my mind sometimes.

Re:ya know what I think (1)

Nexx (75873) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244497)

as a fellow(?) aquariast, I salute you. I would've with moderation, but alas, I lack one. Your post was the first funny /. post in months!

The killer app... (4, Funny)

supabeast! (84658) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244328)

The first person to patent a dog that refuses to pee in the house will be gangbusters.

I'm just wondering... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244330)

...is anyone else looking forward to seeing Jennifer Connolly's breasts in "Hulk" this weekend?

Don't be stupid! (5, Funny)

illuminata (668963) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244332)

They just appear to be glowing in red and green patterns, if you fucking hippies would get off of the psychedellics you'd realize that they're not glowing at all!
Oh, wait, that's Phish, my bad.

Amazing (5, Funny)

spakka (606417) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244334)

I didn't even know they'd made zebrafish yet, let alone coloured ones.

Danger! Danger Wil Robinson! (3, Insightful)

coupland (160334) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244344)

Sounds pretty neat to me, after all people have been genetically modifying animals for tens of thousands of years, except the tool has been breeding rather than genetics. It's called domestication. We didn't hear any of these hypocrites moaning about the evils of genetics when they invented Clamato, did we???

Re:Danger! Danger Wil Robinson! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244478)

dude that's pretty lame.

Re:Danger! Danger Wil Robinson! (4, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244498)

Sounds pretty neat to me, after all people have been genetically modifying animals for tens of thousands of years, except the tool has been breeding rather than genetics.

Yes, and people have been using cars for tens of thousands of years, it was called running.

Jeez, breeding for particular traits is NOT at all the same as inserting genes from other species.

Ever read Dune? (2, Interesting)

PD (9577) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244347)

In about 10 years, La-Z-Boy is going to introduce the chair dog.

An Elephant Makes Love To A Pig (1)

graveyhead (210996) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244352)

"Perhaps I should have left nature alone with its' one-assed schematics"

and

"Hey! These pigs look like Mr. Garrison!"

GM Pets (0)

YomikoReadman (678084) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244355)

Well, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand, if they could get some of the ideas to work out, such as pets that don't produce allergens, then that would make it possible for some individuals to own pets where it was not previously possible. On the other, this will incite riot among those wholly opposed to genetic engineering/modification. Personlly, I see this as a good thing, because I have known several people who have love cats and couldn't keep them for the fact that they were allergic. As far as the fish go, well the possibility of them being intermingled and breeding with natural populations is not very good, but I think that as long as steps are taken to prevent that from happening it is not really an issue. Personally, I wouldn't mind having a glow in the dark fish.

selective breeding (3, Informative)

Brown Eggs (650559) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244421)

I totally agree - it is certainly not a bad thing. This is only a more extreme form of the kind of "genetic engineering" that has been going on for thousands of years with cats, dogs, cattle, and other species that have close relationships with humans (either as food or pets). By selectively breeding pets, they enhance certain traits. Granted, this technology introduces genese that are not present in any form (most likley) in the host - I think that as long as there is no serious adverse effect to the organism then great. And if for some reason it does get into the wild, and decides to overrun the natural population - even better. It means that the gene that was introduced gave the new species a selective advantage over its predecessors. And isn't that what evolution (in any form, by any mechanism) is all about?

Re:selective breeding (1, Interesting)

YomikoReadman (678084) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244550)

You got it. Genetic Modification thru Engineering is nothing more than a single generation evolution. However, the one thing that individuals who are against genetic modification cite is that a modified species which overruns a natural species completly is that the modified species did not have a chance to adapt to the new threat which they would have if the introduced change came about naturally. This is why current genetecists are looking at human evolution and some of the branches that didnt't survive, or integrated with the branches that did survive. This is also why they take measures to prevent the release of the modified species into the wild.

Re:GM Pets (3, Insightful)

Lispy (136512) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244475)

Maybe I'm way too naive but isn't a GM Pet just a mutation? If you release it in the wild it competes with the other species out there. The GM-Pet might be superiour and extinct other species but most likely it is not since all his mutations are just pleasing the human eye. So I don't see a real danger in here. Personally I trust evolution and competition. This will all be taken care of by natures forces.

this is nothing new... (5, Funny)

m00by (605070) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244367)

the scottish have been "injecting" sheep with their genetic material for ages, sadly to no avail. some day though, the noble scots will have their sheepwomen!!!!!!!!! =D

Re:this is nothing new... (1, Funny)

BigBadBri (595126) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244397)

See you, ye southern baaaaaaa-stid!

We'll no have yer maligning our winter pastimes here!

Back in my day... (5, Funny)

xluserpetex (666816) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244370)

we had to shove christmas lights down their throats to make them glow.

Better than glowing fish.... (1)

oiuyt (128308) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244373)

Our household animals will come with extra genes that will stop them shedding fur or triggering allergic reactions.



-B

I'm totally in favor of genetic engineering (4, Insightful)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244378)

for things like improving rice or wheat. These are clearly important, life-sustaining purposes that warrant taking on a little extra risk. But glow in the dark fish? Is that really worth the possibility that the fish will escape and reek havoc in the ecosystem?

Also, many fish, such as goldfish, are just slightly different breeds of wild fish, such as carp. If an "engineered" fish escapes and breeds with a fish that's in our food chain and then we eat it, that could have important health implications. We need to be absolutely sure that genetically engineered products, such as grains, don't reach human mouths.

You need to do better (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244401)

I'm totally in favor of genetic engineering for things like improving rice or wheat. These are clearly important, life-sustaining purposes that warrant taking on a little extra risk.... We need to be absolutely sure that genetically engineered products, such as grains, don't reach human mouths.

I expect better trolling out of you, sir.

like "bubblebath" is any better (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244566)

en tea

Re:I'm totally in favor of genetic engineering (1)

njchick (611256) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244520)

If an "engineered" fish escapes and breeds with a fish that's in our food chain and then we eat it, that could have important health implications.
What, you don't want to glow in the dark?

I wonder how long these would survive in the wild? (2, Insightful)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244380)

'bout 2 minutes, I expect.

Re:I wonder how long these would survive in the wi (1)

dtldl (644451) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244434)

No need for neon signs anymore, just put the menu on display.

I know! (1, Funny)

RumpRoast (635348) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244384)

Put them in clear glass balls and sell them as Christmas ornaments! They'll be all the rage.

New wave of spam -mail (1)

unixwin (569813) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244392)

Make it "glow" in the dark so she can find you...

Yeah, but... (4, Funny)

spumoni_fettuccini (668603) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244394)

Can I get a frickin "laser" implanted in their heads?

Real nice (-1, Offtopic)

azav (469988) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244395)

I'm real glad I submitted that TWO DAYS ago and it got rejected.

ARGH!

Kids today. No respect for their elders.

Sheesh

Thank god (0, Funny)

Zildy (32593) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244396)

Maybe this will prevent further Nemo incidents by making fish easier to find.

I still dont agree with this. (1)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244398)


First of all know one completely understands a gene strand. ok lets say we have our cool glowing fish soon to be the next pet must have. first of all in new enviroonments they will evolve. in a natrual environment they will evolve even more. Who says these things wont develope stingers. What happens when kids start releasing these things into the ocean and they start growing and adapting. People need to learn that implimentation and experiementation are two completely different things. pretty soon we will have the pet version of three mild island.

Re:I still dont agree with this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244552)

Evolution takes a very long time. They won't be growing stingers till long after your dead unless we purposely give them stingers. And if down the road they do developed into something dangerous we will make something new to eat them ;)
More realistically dangerous is someone could have an allergic reaction if they ate it.... though why you would be doing that....

Source Code (2, Funny)

AlgebraicSpore (590915) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244402)

Does anyone have the source code for this so I can recompile the kernel of the zebra fish I bought the other day?

Jurassic Park, here we come! (1)

PhinMak (630548) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244405)

Next step, mix and match and cut and paste! CatDog! Dalmations that won't go blind! Who wants a little "Compy" (procompsagnathus?) running around in their house? A pack of them would scare away burglers! Better yet, a furry trout, like in Brotherhood of the Wolf [imdb.com] !

Slippery slope :p (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244407)

Next thing you know, they'll genetecially engineer a carnival goldfish with a lifespan of more than a week...

It'll ruin the pet store industry, because you won't have to keep going back to replace the fish before the children find out...

6th Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244412)

Does this remind anyone the pet store from The 6th Day?

Watch out for cheap knockoffs (painted fish) (2, Interesting)

zptdooda (28851) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244414)

Sometimes theyâ(TM)re just injected with dye: Painted fish [montana.edu] , which is pretty cruel.

I wonder how a buyer could tell the difference?

âas more than 90 per cent have been sterilizedâ I guess having your organs glow is a bit of a downside here too. Must make the remaining 10% glow relatively brighter.

Sometimes itâ(TM)s best to go low-tech, like Gibson says. (I hope you know where â¦)

And Iâ(TM)m sure the dolphin with the SQUID would agree.

Grass (2, Interesting)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244424)

What I want is a genetically engineered lawn - the blades of grass never grow to 3" and stop, and there is built-in resistance to Round-Up.

Re:Grass (1)

BigBadBri (595126) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244501)

I'm sure Monsanto have a team dedicated to fulfilling your requirements, beavering away at this very minute.

There'll probably be a choice of heights, for fairway, green and rough, if you wait long enough.

Re:Grass (2, Funny)

RumpRoast (635348) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244548)

Also, some bushes (and houseplants) that don't die when you pee on them would be nice. Thanks!

scary (1)

Boromir son of Faram (645464) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244427)

This seems like a relatively harmless application of genetic engineering. The fish aren't radioactive or anything, they just glow pretty colors. However, if there's one thing we should have learned from Jurassic Park, it's that these things have a way of getting beyond control. What if they accidently activate a gene from an electric eel, and create a fish that can kill people? There are many other possibilities.

Not to mention the things that could be created if this technology is used for evil purposes. It would be one thing to be making these things in the US, but do we really trust Taiwan with this stuff?

In any case, we are now playing God, making new mutant species for our amusement. I fear for us.

I have one small request... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244473)

and that is to have sharks with frickin' lazer beams attached to their heads!

I hope you guys realize... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244429)

That they don't glow by themselves.

You need a blacklight fluorescent tube to make them glow. Just like that GM rabbit.

If someone engineered a "bioluminescent" pet, now, THAT would be awesome. It would beat having a bunch of fireflies in a jar just for a few hours.

How long untill... (1)

mgcsinc (681597) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244430)

How long until the utterly uninformed are afraid to go over to their friends houses, for fear of getting "zapped" by the "radioactive" fish?

The next step... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244431)

Heck, I'm just waiting for human girls with blue hair and big bre...eyes, just like in anime!

(if this offends you, please look up the word "satire" before responding)

A dyslexics nightmare... (2, Funny)

Daeslin (95666) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244433)

Playing God with Dog. Or was that the other way around...

Where's Dr. Malcolm... (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244437)

...when we need him?

reminds me Blade Runner (1)

EggMan2000 (308859) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244439)

I think there were genetic engineered pets in that movie. I recall snakes and stuff that were genetically engineered.

Hah! (1)

HopeUnknown (668633) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244440)

Glowing fish? Whats next, talking birds?????

Finaly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244456)

I'm going out and buying one as soon as I can.

What if.... (1)

joelt49 (637701) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244457)

And that is just the start. Scientists believe Night Pearl bio-fish represent the shape of pets to come. Our household animals will come with extra genes that will stop them shedding fur or triggering allergic reactions. And when one dies, its owner will simply clone it.

Does that mean they can genetically modify dogs to keep them from shitting on the floor? Or will they modify them not to bark at the exact second I'm falling asleep?

I want reengineered wildlife! (1)

QuackQuack (550293) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244459)

How about a groundhog that eats your weeds, but not your vegitable garden. Or Robins that pay you rent if they build a nest under your deck, instead of attacking you or your pets just for wanting to be in your backyard.

(sorry, these are my current problems)

Whaaa!!!!! (2, Insightful)

oiuyt (128308) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244470)

But the prospect of GM pets has outraged pet dealers. The nation's aquarium industry last week said it had backballed the Night Pearl. 'This is the thin end of the wedge,' said Keith Davenport, chief executive of the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association. 'You could put all sorts of different genes in animals and do all sorts of damage.'


Boohoo. I'd buy one of these fish. Be interesting to see how much this blackballing affects local availability.

GM pets (3, Interesting)

MrLint (519792) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244484)

NPR had an interview [npr.org] with a guy from Transgenic Pets [transgenicpets.com] , about allergy free cats. What was funny was that the interviewer asked the guy repeatedly what was the benefit to the animal and all he could say was that 'it didn't hurt the animal at all'

I'm tempted (1)

skelf (24005) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244486)

For selfish reasons, I've had my eye on Transgenic Pets [transgenicpets.com] , a company that is promising to deliver non-allergenic cats for allergy-sufferers like me. I know it is selfish, and I'm not sure I could ever go through with it, but it really sucks being a cat lover and never being able to go near them...

Cool idea - dumb article! (1)

tyroneking (258793) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244491)

What a c*** article! The author seems to have shoe-horned every alarmist notion in the tabloids' dictionary - cloning dead pets, outraged pet dealers (can you even imagine an outraged pet dealer?), the word 'fruit' in an article about fish, a totally unrelated issue (tropical fish that can live in cold water), and false selling (i.e. a kitten that doesn't look like it's clone-parent).

Personally, I think this is a great idea - normal tropical fish are pretty useless - but now they can be used to provide the sort of ambient lighting that was once the preserve of candles, child-safety lights and nuclear reactors. Pretty romantic alternative I would think!

Anyway, I'm sure natural selection would have produced the same result eventually - don't tropical fish live very close to the marine coral that contributes genes to the glowing fish? It is only a matter of time until one of the coral starts to get fresh ideas about a zebra fish ...

genetically modified (1)

leekwen (677248) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244492)

yeah, sure, as if they aren't already mutated to shit. how many people do you know have a tank of tropical fish that are even close to anything born naturally?

sure they may not be as exotic as 'glow in the dark' fish but almost everybody i know with an aquarium has some queer breed of goldfish with 5 tails and eyeballs half the size of the rest of the body or something equally ridiculous. i think these people are just doing the one-up by directly messing with genetics instead of doing it the old fashioned way, through selective breeding.

so i'm a fan of normal looking, more expensive, hopefully legally edible when they get big, ugly fishies.

Scary (1)

Ghetto_D (670850) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244493)

I can think of a lot of situations where this could be used for more evil than good. Imagine if terrorists dropped a crate of genetically altered poisionous cats? The little friendly kitten your girlfriend brings home might do more than set off your allergies!

Need to add this gene to cats & dogs (1)

Saganaga (167162) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244503)

I'd like to see this gene added to cats and dogs. Don't you hate it when you trip over them in the dark?

Let me be first to say: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244508)

HOAX!

Not the first.. (4, Funny)

xchino (591175) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244515)

I read somewhere about a french artist who worked with a bioengineering company to produce a rabbit that glowed green (using jellyfish genes as well). There was some sort of scandal about him not getting to take it home to film it interacting as a family pet which was what the whole project was about in the first place.

I'd like to see a pic of these fish though, or some video. I have no problem with a genetically modified pet. In the future, maybe we can have tigers that get no bigger than house cats, or something cool like that. Or photosynthetic pets that you don't have to feed! Just stick them outside for a few hours!

I have a genetically engineered pet. (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244523)

It's called a 'dog'. You may have heard of them.

Mine is a white collie.

NOT NEW. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6244540)

Surgically enhanced Penthouse Pets have been around for years.

what? (0)

PhiberOptix (182584) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244543)

no three eyed fish jokes?

How might? (1)

Jonsey (593310) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244546)

New Zebrafish 1.1 glows in the presence of blacklights....

Wait. Make that: New Zebrafish 2.0 now glows in the...

This can be construed as trolling can't it? :D

heater? (1)

Wakkow (52585) | more than 11 years ago | (#6244557)

'One idea being explored is to add genes - taken from cold water fish - that will allow tropical fish to live in unheated aquarium,' said Derek Lambert, editor of Today's Fishkeeper.

Um.. Or you can add a heater.
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