[Grist]: Are you my mother? Scientists Enable Salmon to Birth Trout
Scientists in Japan have succeeded in causing salmon to give birth to
trout. Yep, you read that correctly: By transplanting the
‘primordial germ cells’ — specialized tissue in embryonic fish that
will eventually develop into sexual organs — of a North American
rainbow trout into the embryos of young masu salmon, researchers at
the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology produced baby
trout and, presumably, some extremely alarmed salmon mothers. The
scientists say that the technique could be used to boost populations
of endangered or commercially valuable fish. Enviros stressed that
the procedure is no substitute for habitat protection. No one,
strangely, seemed to have anything to say about the mind-farking,
galactic weirdness of the whole thing.
straight to the source: BBC News, Richard Black, 05 Aug 2004

straight to the source: The Independent, Steve Connor, 05 Aug 2004

Yoicks, yet again. Will blunders – I mean wonders – never cease? (‘Mind-farking,
galactic weirdness’ seems to about sum it up just right to me.)


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