Aquaculture could benefit from ultramuscular fish

03/16/2010 | Mother Nature Network

U.S. researchers were able to produce ultramuscular rainbow trout by injecting fish eggs with a gene designed to inhibit myostatin, a protein that suppresses muscle growth. "The results have significant implications for commercial aquaculture and provide completely novel information on the mechanisms of fish growth," one of the researchers said. "The results also allow for comparisons between the mechanisms of growth of muscle in mammals versus fish, and it could shed light on muscle wasting diseases in humans."

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