Oh shit…

Bradley and a team of graduate students spent 500 hours injecting 20,000 rainbow trout eggs with various DNA types designed to inhibit myostatin. Of the eggs that hatched, 300 carried the gene that led to increased muscle growth. After two years, most exhibited a “six-pack ab” effect, even though fish lack standard abdominal muscles. They also have increased musculature throughout, including a prominent dorsal hump that made them look like they had muscular shoulders.

The first generation of transgenic trout were subsequently spawned, and offspring carrying the gene in all of their muscle cells have been produced. Studies are under way to determine if the fish grow at a faster rate as well.

“Our findings are quite stunning,” said Bradley, who also studies salmon, flounder and tuna. “The results have significant implications for commercial aquaculture and provide completely novel information on the mechanisms of fish growth. The results also allow for comparisons between the mechanisms of growth of muscle in mammals versus fish, and it could shed light on muscle wasting diseases in humans.”

Ok so there are a few things going on here…first off wouldn’t it be great if we all could catch a dozen 20 pound trout every day? uuhh fuck no. i dont plan on buying steel leaders and another 11 weight broom handle and carrying the bastard down to some fucked man made creek or pond or active volcano or wherever the hell you put those things in. i dont really think jesus is gonna show up tomorrow ready to drop the hammer on earth because we fucked with trout (genetic modification regarding fish has been around for oh gee like 40 goddamn years) but i know that when these finned battering rams run out of cigarettes in the farms they are raised in and they decide “that cement wall is just cement” then all they have to do is decide whether it will be easier going over it or through it. Not that their impact on native fish or habitat would be negative in ANY way… they would replace spawning beds with weight rooms and whore houses. I suppose you could see a reason for all this boiler room fish-meth lab crap for the contributing factors regarding the treatment and cures for muscle related diseases but…I…just..uhh. ok dude is obviously planning on building a army of gorilla trout to take over the ocean and then the world. kiss your wives and children and begin the boycott of fish as a whole. first and most effective step will be to stay off the river. step 2. donate every dollar you have to good conservation groups (there actually are one or two of them). step 3 send all your rods, reels, flies and whiskey while we are at it to me and ill make sure we get this shit figured out. you know, for the betterment of the species.


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