Genetic Engineering #2: GloFish

When I finally get an aquarium for my classroom, I hope to fill it with these nifty genetically engineered fish:

glofishThey’re called GloFish.  From the GloFish website:

GloFish® fluorescent fish were originally bred to help detect environmental pollutants. By adding a natural fluorescence gene to the fish, scientists hope to one day quickly and easily determine when a waterway is contaminated. The first step in developing a pollution-detecting fish was to create fish that would be fluorescent all the time. Scientists soon realized the public’s interest in sharing the benefits of this research, a process which lead to GloFish® fluorescent fish.

It would be pretty neat to have genetically modified organisms in the classroom during a unit on genetic engineering.  The GloFish website has lots of a great information on the science and ethics behind the fish, as well as where to buy them.

The website also has tons of lesson plans for every grade level that explore many different science concepts, which would make having these fish useful for several units.


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