Genetic science fiction comes true
The New York Times (Nov. 19, 2015) reported that a genetically altered salmon has been created, and it grows twice as quickly a regular salmon. It’s called AquAdvantage. (See http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/business/genetically-engineered-s...)
In Margaret Atwood’s 2003 novel Oryx and Crake, NeoAgriculture scientists create a genetically modified chicken, made to maximize food production.
Showing off the innovation, Crake points at “a large bulblike object that seemed to be covered with stippled whitish-yellow skin. Out of it came twenty thick fleshy tubes, and at the end of each tube another bulb was growing.”
“What the hell is it?” said Jimmy.
“Those are chickens,” said Crake. “Chicken parts. Just the breasts, on this one.”
There were no heads, just a mouth opening at the top, into which nutrients were dumped. “It was like an animal-protein tuber.”
Unlike Atwood’s futuristic chicken, the salmon isn’t horrible-looking, except maybe to a non-engineered salmon, if giganto gets loose from its tank. But the logic is the same: the goal is meat.