AquAdvantage® Salmon DNA Animations
These animations illustrate the process whereby a gene from the Chinook salmon is combined with DNA fragments (a “promoter”) from the ocean pout and integrated into the DNA of the Atlantic salmon resulting in the AquAdvantage® Salmon. The gene from the Chinook salmon enables the AquAdvantage® Salmon to produce growth hormone and the fragments from the ocean pout act as an ‘on switch’ that enables the AquAdvantage® Salmon to more efficiently produce growth hormone.
The development of the AquAdvantage® Salmon began in 1989 with the micro-injection of the AquAdvantage genetic construct into fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs. The eggs hatched and the resulting fish that had integrated the genetic construct into its DNA formed the parental stock from which all successive AquAdvantage® Salmon have been produced. New generations of AquAdvantage® Salmon are produced using conventional breeding methods; eggs are fertilized with milt from mature adult fish that have the genetic construct in their genome. Click here to see photos and explanation of the process. AquaBounty’s breeding program has successfully produced 10 generations of AquAdvantage® Salmon since 1989.