At the Cochin College of Fisheries in Kerala, India, the dwindling number of ornamental fish has provided an opportunity to do some genetic experimentation, reports Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley. Certain species of ornamental fish are disappearing from the wild as they're being captured and smuggled out of India. At Cochin, researchers like CK Manoj are now trying new ways to breed the fish, and are adding things like genes to make the fish glow — the hope being that these genetically engineered fish will be more attractive to the ornamental fish trade so that the population in the wild can bloom again, Bazley says. But the worry, he adds, is that this work is being done largely without permission from authorities, and with almost no supervision.
Glow in the Dark
May 02, 2011