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 was originally developed so it can detect pollutants in water. This new revolution promises to help in the fght against diseases and helps improve people’s lives and environment. So GloFish is really helpful for the environment. It helps detect whenever there is something wrong in the water they are in.
This creates a safer environment for living creatures. The fluorescent colors acts as a switch in the fish to activate some of its tissues. This will make it able to espond to the presence of chemicals.
These chemicals include heavy metals, toxins and estrogen through the variety of gene promoters. Scientists believe that they can have more colors in the fish that will allow easier detection for more variety of chemicals. These genetically modified fishes have been effective in the fght against pollution.
As you know, all living organisms they depend on water and when a water source is polluted, it affects the organism itself. So this is really helping living things to sustain their life. How does this fish help economy? It helps the company; Yorktown technologies ain a lot of money.
GloFish has a wide range of market throughout the US, and is basically sold everywhere. GloFish also has an environmental factor. GloFish causes no harm to the environment, even if they did the chances of it is very little. To make sure of it, the company gives each and every fish a testing before it is being sent out in public. 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 fght 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 od 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 water pollution. It helps detect if a water source is polluted or not. So, GloFish is a very helpful creature, which is both entertaining and helpful to mankind.
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