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Engineered Fish: Friend or Foe of the Environment?

Science  13 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5588, pp. 1797-1799
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5588.1797

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With the world's fish consumption rising, transgenic fish might alleviate pressure on wild stocks. But researchers worry that genetically engineered fish, if they escaped, could wreak ecological havoc. Most scientists say they simply don't yet understand enough about the potential ecological impacts to approve of raising even sterile transgenic fish in the seas, as some producers propose.

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