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March 19, 2012
Glofish the Next Sushi Fad? - 3
Let’s file this story under … Well, I’m not sure what to file it under. It’s just too weird to categorize.
The sushi glows because of a brand of genetically modified (GM) fluorescent zebrafish sold by Yorktown Technologies known as glofish.
These fish were originally developed to help scientists study environmental pollutants. According to the plan, the GM fish would glow in contaminated waters. Although this plan didn’t pan out – go figure – the fish have done well in the pet trade. The fish are available in Starfire Red, Electric Green, Sunburst Orange, Cosmic Blue, and Galactic Purple. The gene that causes the fish glow deteriorates when the fish is cooked so it must be consumed raw (if you want it glowing). Enter the sushi idea.