AquaBounty Technologies, a U.S. company is hoping for federal approval of a type of salmon, which would be the first genetically engineered animal in the human food supply. FDA tentatively concluded that the fish would be safe to eat and for the environment 20 months ago. "I understand politically that it's easier not to approve than to approve," Bendukidze the former economics minister of Georgia and Aqua Bounty's largest shareholder said during a recent visit to San Diego. AquaBounty's Atlantic salmon contain a growth hormone gene from the Chinook salmon. He also said, "At the end of the day, economics will win." Meanwhile scientists in China, in particular, are trying to develop livestock that is resistant to mad cow and foot and mouth diseases, sheep with high yields of wool, and pigs and cows with healthy omega-3 fatty acids in their meat.
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