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Gene-edited Tilapia Not Classified as GMO in Argentina

January 16, 2019

Gene-edited tilapia (FLT 01) will not be classified as genetically modified organism (GMO) in Argentina, according to the National Advisory Commission on Agricultural Biotechnology (CONABIA).

The new line of tilapia was developed by Intrexon and its subsidiary AquaBounty Technologies, which is known for its AquaAdvantage salmon. FLT 01 has been developed to demonstrate a 70% improvement in fillet yield, a 16% increase in growth rate, and a 14% improvement in feed conversion ratio. According to CONABIA, FLT 01 was developed using gene editing techniques and do not contain a foreign DNA or a new combination of genetic material, thus it is not considered as a GMO.

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