GloFish- Genetically Modified Organisms Essay

718 Words Nov 29th, 2013 3 Pages
GloFish: More than just glowing.
What is a GloFish? GloFish is a genetically modified animal, a fluorescent zebra fish. It is made and then advertised by Yorktown technologies. It is a genetically modified organism (or GMO). The fish got the fluorescence from a red fluorescent protein from a sea anemone under the myosin light peptide 2 genes of zebra fish. The new green colored fish got is color from the extracted Green Fluorescent Protein that is taken from one jellyfish species called Aequorea victoria. These fish are beneficial for a lot of things including the economy, environment and the entertainment of the people.
Some genetically modified organism has contributed to help a global or local problem that is going on. The GloFish
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If there is something in the making of the fish that failed and might have a cause in the environment it wont be put in public. A non-fluorescing fish will signal that the water is safe, while a fluorescing fish will signal trouble. This will help fight against pollution and countless diseases that came from a bad water source. In an ethical factor, GloFish are good. They infuse the protein into one of the first GloFishes as they were growing in the embryo. All the fish now, they inherit the fluorescence from their parents rather than having to insert the protein in the fish every time. The creatures from which the fluorescence protein has been taken form remains unharmed, as they only need a tiny bit of a sample from them. In some ways, genetically modified organisms are wrong. Some people believe that they are playing god by changing the features of the creatures that god created, but since this is for a good cause, and is popular to people and the environment it would have no ethical problems.
In conclusion, GloFish is a genetically modified Zebra fish. These GloFishes got their fluorescence from the fluorescent color protein found in some sea animals, like jellyfish. They are really colorful and sold as a pet to people. It is beneficial for both the environment and the economy. And it takes part in solving a global problem, water pollution. It helps detect if a water source is

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