Friday, November 20, 2015

20/11/2015: Purdue animal geneticist available to discuss GMO salmon
William Muir, a genetics professor in Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences, is an expert in animal genomics and well-being, biotechnology, and risk assessment of genetically engineered animals. 
He can discuss issues surrounding Thursday’s (November 19) US Food and Drug Administration approval for human consumption of a genetically engineered salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies.

Topics Prof Muir can discuss relating to genetically modified organisms (GMO) include:
  • Methods for assessing the risk GMO animals pose to wild populations and ecosystems.
  • Safety and sustainability of agricultural production of GMO animals.
  • Genetically engineering animals for human consumption.
  • Animal genomics and welfare.
  • How genetic engineering affects an animal's ability to survive, reproduce and flourish.
  • Containment of GMO animals.
Prof Muir's research focuses on biotechnology risk assessment and genetic methods to improve animal adaptability, stress resistance and well-being. He has written studies on evolution, transgenic animals and risk assessment, and competition between transgenic animals and their wild counterparts. He serves as a consultant for the FDA and has extensive experience with print and broadcast media.

William Muir, 765-494-8032, 
Visit the Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences site HERE.

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