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   Undertoad  Tuesday Dec 9 12:19 PM

12/9/2003: GloFish, first genetically engineered pet



IotD is a little late to this as news, but I hadn't seen a photo of them until now... this is the GloFish, which was announced to be the world's first genetically engineered pet. Its color is the engineered part; it's fluorescent in day and glows at night.

The company says it's safe if eaten, won't live to procreate in the wild if it ever escaped. It was made by taking an "ordinary" zebra fish and inserting genes from jellyfish or sea anemone.



Ghost  Tuesday Dec 9 12:29 PM

I thought Sea Monkeys were the first genetically engineered pets.



FileNotFound  Tuesday Dec 9 12:39 PM

If only I could get them in blue...

I have a "blue" theme around my house. My PC light is blue, my carpets are blue my walls are blue and I'd say that at least 70% of the things my gf wears are some shade of blue.

Blue glowing fish would be cool...



MAdMoNKEY  Tuesday Dec 9 01:06 PM

Energy Star Compliant

If I get enough of these I can get rid of all my lamps.<br><br>



SteveDallas  Tuesday Dec 9 01:30 PM

Re: 12/9/2003: GloFish, first genetically engineered pet

Quote:
Originally posted by Undertoad

The company says it's safe if eaten, won't live to procreate in the wild if it ever escaped. It was made by taking an "ordinary" zebra fish and inserting genes from jellyfish or sea anemone.
I had not been aware that there was a big market for eating zebra fish.

But then, I don't like any kind of seafood!


juju  Tuesday Dec 9 01:31 PM

Nature has a very informative article on this. Check it out here.

Many scientists don't seem happy about the fact that there's little to no regulatory process involved in selling genetically altered pets. Some nonsense about "unpredictable effects on the environment".



jinx  Tuesday Dec 9 01:33 PM

Re: Re: 12/9/2003: GloFish, first genetically engineered pet

Quote:
Originally posted by SteveDallas



But then, I don't like any kind of seafood!
Blasphemer!!


jinx  Tuesday Dec 9 01:37 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by juju
Nature has a very informative article on this. Check it out here.

Many scientists don't seem happy about the fact that there's little to no regulatory process involved in selling genetically altered pets. Some nonsense about "unpredictable effects on the environment".
Geeze, will people ever just get over that whole african killer bee fiasco??? Friggin' troglodytes...


Beestie  Tuesday Dec 9 01:37 PM

juju wrote:

Quote:
...Some nonsense about "unpredictable effects on the environment".


Nonsense?


Happy Monkey  Tuesday Dec 9 01:48 PM

Re: Re: 12/9/2003: GloFish, first genetically engineered pet

Quote:
Originally posted by SteveDallas

I had not been aware that there was a big market for eating zebra fish.
Fish and zebra. Two great tastes that go great together!
Actually, I don't eat seafood either. Or zebra.


wolf  Tuesday Dec 9 02:19 PM

Do you have to hold them up to the lamp for 20 seconds to make them glow?

(these might be perfect pets for slang.)



hermex  Tuesday Dec 9 03:52 PM

Boo. The fish does not actually glow

From glofish.com

Quote:
Do fluorescent fish glow?

Fluorescent fish absorb light and then re-emit it. This creates the perception that they are glowing, particularly when shining an ultraviolet light on the fish in a dark room.
Yawn. Aren't there already flourescent fish? Those little skinny ones that are almost transparent with a flourescent looking stripe?


Dagney  Tuesday Dec 9 03:57 PM

Those (IIRC) are stained glass fish. The color is not naturally occurring, but results from the fish being injected with a flourescent (and toxic) dye.

Dagney



juju  Tuesday Dec 9 04:08 PM

Wow.. that's pretty immoral. I guess they are just fish, though. And it wouldn't be any more wrong than, say, locking them up inside a small glass cage.



dar512  Tuesday Dec 9 04:26 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by hermex
Aren't there already flourescent fish? Those little skinny ones that are almost transparent with a flourescent looking stripe?
Maybe you're thinking of neons


SteveDallas  Tuesday Dec 9 04:36 PM

Re: Re: Re: 12/9/2003: GloFish, first genetically engineered pet

Quote:
Originally posted by jinx


Blasphemer!!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, burn me at the stake already.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Dec 9 05:23 PM

Re: Re: Re: Re: 12/9/2003: GloFish, first genetically engineered pet

Quote:
Originally posted by SteveDallas

Yeah, yeah, yeah, burn me at the stake already.
Not stake, fish.


warch  Tuesday Dec 9 05:33 PM

I still think Alba the bunny is the first GM pet. Even if the relationship is forbidden. sniff.



juju  Tuesday Dec 9 06:11 PM

I think the fish are the first genetically engineered pets that are being <i>sold</i>.

By the way, they're on sale January 5th!



emmtayoe  Tuesday Dec 9 06:25 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Ghost
I thought Sea Monkeys were the first genetically engineered pets.
Unless they genetically altered snot somehow, then I suppose they weren't.


richlevy  Tuesday Dec 9 10:26 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Ghost
I thought Sea Monkeys were the first genetically engineered pets.
sea monkeys = brine shrimp = bait


wolf  Wednesday Dec 10 01:57 AM

One of my friends and I went through a "Sea Monkey™ Phase."

We each had a Sea Monkey™ MicroView Ocean Zoo™, purchased during a pilgrimage to Edmund Scientific.

We lovingly raised our sea monkeys, fed them, spoke to them, and were disappointed when they did not turn out to wear little crowns, or have furniture.

One Friday evening, Bob (yeah, Forks Bob) happily said goodbye to his Sea Monkeys™, knowing they would happily greet them in their happy undersea way the following Monday.

He spent a care-free weekend, awaiting his return to his special friends (to whom he was a kind of a god, dispenser of all that is good, particularly match-head's worth of Sea Monkey™ nutrient powder).

He entered his office that fateful morning to check on his pals before embarking on his day's toil as a programmer at a local university. He looked through the magnifying lens of the MicroView Ocean Zoo™ and beheld with amazement that a population explosion had occured over the two days and where about a half-dozen Sea Monkeys™ had reposed a mere three days before, there were HUNDREDS!!

In his amazement, he summoned his coworkers, and babbled his excitement at how well his care and tending of the tiny creatures had succeeded!!

He basked in the glow of his own awesomeness.

Until his boss confessed to knocking over the Sea Monkeys after he left on Friday.

She had gone to a specialty aquarium store in a panic, looking for Sea Monkeys™. Several clerks had denied the existence of such things as Sea Monkeys™ until she was rescued by the owner who was wise to the ways of comic book marketing, and sold her the brine shrimp, with great amusement.

(I had my own Sea Monkey™ near-tragedy, when the accountant from the company I was working for at the time was holding my MicroView Ocean Zoo™ (i had the blue one, Bob's was red) up to the light for a better view, when she was struck by vertigo, and fell on her ass. To her credit, although she fell, she kept a tight grip on the Sea Monkeys™, and they only got sloshed around a bit. Didn't lose a drop.)



OnyxCougar  Wednesday Dec 10 11:16 AM

I've been playing with genetically engineered pets for years. I've played Creatures, Creatures2, and Creatures3.



mitheral  Wednesday Dec 10 01:41 PM

Re: Re: 12/9/2003: GloFish, first genetically engineered pet

Quote:
Originally posted by SteveDallas

I had not been aware that there was a big market for eating zebra fish.

But then, I don't like any kind of seafood!
And probably don't have cats or three year olds running around. One of my cats (admittedly not the sharpest tool in the shed) occasionally knocks her self out chasing my fish with a leaping crouch.


Torrere  Thursday Dec 11 11:26 PM

They're worried about adverse affects upon the environment? From glow-in-the-dark fish? Are they kidding?

Those things would get gobbled up so fast in the wild...



juju  Friday Dec 12 01:48 AM

No, no. They're not worried about these fish. Since there are no laws set up to regulate genetically engineered pets, they're worried about what could happen with future genetically engineered pets being released into the wild.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Dec 12 04:47 PM

I could see them being sold as bait for night fishing. I've bought glow-in the-dark artificial lures.



Gary M. Climer  Sunday Dec 14 02:47 PM

Glowing fish

If they hurry we can have catdogs for christmas!



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 14 03:17 PM

Re: Glowing fish

Quote:
Originally posted by Gary M. Climer
If they hurry we can have catdogs for christmas!
Oh boy, the worst of both worlds. It would help with inventory in Chinatown though. Welcome to the Cellar, Gary.


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