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Bigger fish is food for thought.

SCIENTISTS have genetically modified a salmon so that it grows twice as fast as a normal one and can end up to four times the size.

Detractors have predictably dubbed it a Frankenfish.

Within months it could get the nod of approval from the US Food and Drug Administration which could mean that genetically engineered fish could be sold both in the United States and the rest of the world.

The science chaps say it is safe to eat and harmless to marine environment.

Besides, the seas need replenishing after years of overfishing. Is this the answer? If the new techniques are further developed and used on other species, like cod and haddock and potatoes, I can see a problem. Imagine the size of fish and chips? One portion would feed a family for a week.

How big would chickens grow? One leg would be enough for four people. Then again, after genetic modification, chickens might have four legs and be able to run so fast no-one would be able to catch them.

To be honest, the thought of genetic modification does not fill me with dread. I never choose organic food at the supermarket.

I do, however, avoid eggs from battery hens and only buy free range - happy eggs from happy chickens.

Mind you, how big will eggs be in a few years time? That's if they ever stop running long enough to lay them.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2010
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