China should promote market access to its self-developed genetically modified (GM) carp, said Zhu Zuoyan, a researcher and academician at the Institute of Hydrobiology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xinhua reported on Aug. 14. The academician made the statement against the backdrop of U.S. regulators’ decision to allow genetically modified salmon, making it the first GM animal destined for human consumption recently…Full Article: People’s Daily Online Aug 2017

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  • The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ (CAS) Institute of Hydrobiology began researching GM carp in 1983 and successfully bred a GM carp in 1985. A growth hormone gene from the grass carp was inserted to speed up its maturity.

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  • In July 2016, the CAS’s Institute of Hydrobiology and Dahu Aquaculture (SHA:600257) signed a contract to eventually commercialize GM crown carp and its infertile offspring, lucky carp. At the time, the Hunan Province-based Dahu Aquaculture primarily farmed freshwater fish.

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