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The chances are this glowing new product of biotechnology won’t pose a threat to anyone or anything. Still one state, California, has decided that the uncertainties are great enough to ban GloFish sales. The fact is that in the rest of the country and in other nations a new fish is about to hit pet stores without any clear regulatory check or systematic safety assessment. And that is exactly what is wrong with how we are dealing with biotechnology.
AdvertisementThe GloFish is another reminder that the technical problem of genetic engineering is only one hurdle to success in the marketplace. The first genetically modified crop - the Flavr Savr tomato - flopped not because of opposition to genetic engineering, but because of cost pressures in the tomato business. There was also a debate about whether the tomatoes, which had a gene to retard rotting, really tasted better.Alan Blake, the chief executive of Yorktown Technologies, the company that is selling the GloFish, said that sales were meeting or exceeding expectations, except in stores where the fish were priced above the suggested retail level of $5.''Based on all the feedback we've been getting, when the fish are priced at $5, sales are brisk,'' he said. Also, he and some others in the fish industry said that sales could climb this month, when many hobbyists cash in holiday gift certificates.One problem, some retailers say, is that in normal light the fish do not look as colorful or shiny in the tank as they do in photographs.''Right next to our tank we have a picture of what they are supposed to look like,'' said Alex Murphy, a salesman at New York Aquaria in Mamaroneck, N.Y. ''Looking at the picture and looking at the tank, they are different.''Some consumers are disappointed when a fish called a GloFish does not glow in normal light or after the lights are turned off. ''It's not like a glow-in-the-dark sticker or poster or anything like that,'' said Chris Hardwicke, a salesman at the Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland, Ore.The fish glow when exposed to black light, which emits ultraviolet rays. But most hobbyists do not use black lights because the light doesn't penetrate water well. Although the GloFish would show up in the dark, other fish would not, and ''you couldn't see your plants or decorations or anything like that,'' said Elizabeth Hollingshead, manager of F.I.S.H. Tropical, a store in Las Vegas.After plans to sell the fish were announced in November, the initial questions were regulatory and environmental. If the fish somehow escaped or were dumped into rivers or lakes, would they have some harmful ecological effects, perhaps beating out native species in the competition for mates or food? And who would make that call?
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Although many people think that AquAdvantage® Salmon will become the FIRST Genetically Modified ANIMAL to be approved for sale in the U.S., GloFish® have been available for purchase in the U.S. since 2003. We were able to find many but no culinary experiments. Since we could not find any recipes on how best to prepare GloFish® for eating, we created the Glowing Sushi Cooking Show.Advertisement''These fish were created to help fight environmental pollution,'' Mr. Blake said. ''We are simply breeding existing fish.''Mr. Blake, 26, started Yorktown with a partner about two and a half years ago. Before that he had started an Internet business that failed.Similar glow-in-the-dark fish, though using a different gene that makes them green instead of red, were developed in Taiwan and have been sold for several months there and in some other Asian countries. Criticism has arisen there as well, with Singapore, for example, confiscating attempted imports of the fish.The GloFish will probably cost about $5 each, four or five times the cost of a conventional zebra fish, Mr. Blake said. The fish are being bred and distributed by two tropical fish wholesalers, Segrest Farms in Gibsonton, Fla., and 5-D Tropical in Plant City, Fla.Jack Bramlett, vice president of Segrest, said there would be hundreds of thousands of the fish ready to sell and that he expected demand to be strong from tropical fish hobbyists, who are always looking for new varieties.''I'm sure it's going to be a tremendous rollout from what I'm hearing,'' he said.But Jennifer Pflugfelder, a spokeswoman for Petsmart, the largest pet supply chain, said the chain would not carry it. She said this was not because the fish were transgenic. Rather, she said, although there have been news reports about glowing fish, ''We just haven't had any demand from our customers at all.''