Scientists May Use Toxins, Genetic Engineering to Eradicate Asian Carp
The Obama Administration’s new “Asian Carp Czar” talks about plans to eradicate the species. From this story on NPR.org: Almost...
The Obama Administration’s new “Asian Carp Czar” talks about plans to eradicate the species.
From this story on NPR.org:
Almost a month ago, the Obama administration appointed an “Asian carp czar.” John Goss, who reports to an office in the White House, oversees the government-led effort to eradicate the species. In an interview with NPR’s Robert Siegel, he detailed his game plan, which includes “removal of carp from the Chicago area, strengthening the electric fish barrier system ˜ also on the South Side of Chicago, and a number of research projects into long-term solutions.”
_According to Goss, one of those “long-term solutions” may be to poison the species: “It could be years off, but it also is very possible, and I believe that it’s one of the best hopes that we have, that we can isolate something that can affect carp and not be a problem for humans and not adversely affect other fish.”
Scientists may experiment with toxins or genetic engineering, hoping they could alter the carp’s digestive system and/or reproductive system, he said_
Great. Scientists may use “genetic engineering” to figure out a way to eliminate the carp. What could possibly go wrong with that, right?