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Use transgenic fish to make bioluminescent sushi rolls

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Really, one of the key issues with sushi is that it doesn't glow under black light. To solve that problem, the Center for Genomic Gastronomy is using genetically modified fishies from the pet store to create tasty treats that will be perfect for your next rave.

Illustration for article titled Use transgenic fish to make bioluminescent sushi rolls

The Center for Genomic Gastronomy explores the use of biotechnology in human food through odd and interesting presentations. They've used egg foam to conduct smog tasting tests, created bouillabaisse from transgenic fish/tomatoes, and assembled a bio-prospecting kit to help you safely search for mutated foods on arable land near nuclear facilities.

One of their projects is to make glowing sushi from GloFish, commercially available zebrafish that have been modified with jellyfish and coral genes to make them fluoresce. The center also filmed the Glowing Sushi Cooking Show to teach you how to make your own transgenic sushi, provided you're not afraid of eating genetically modified organisms you bought from a pet store. But they are serious when they call their signature maki the "Not in California" roll. You can't legally purchase GloFish in California. If you're anywhere else in the US, though, you can go to town on raw fluorescent zebrafish.


Glowing Sushi [via Nerdcore]

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A number of the chemicals used in aquariums are labelled "not for use with fish intended for human consumption". I don't know if that's because they're known to be toxic to humans, or if it's just because the FDA hasn't gotten around to even evaluating their toxicity in the first place . . . but until I knew the distinction, I would avoid eating any fish purchased from a pet store.