National Public Radio (NPR) has published a piece on BlueNalu, a company aiming to market and sell fish cultivated in a laboratory. “[U]nlike today’s wild-caught or farmed fish options, BlueNalu’s version of seafood will have no head, no tail, no bones, no blood. It’s finfish, just without the swimming and breathing part,” the article explains. “It’s seafood without the sea.” BlueNalu is one of six companies working on lab-grown seafood, NPR reports, and all are “likely five to 10 years away from having actual product on the market.”

A BlueNalu executive told NPR that he is confident the products will not “end up languishing within the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] for years, the way AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon did,” partly because lab-grown fish is “not using any genetic modification” such as CRISPR. “We aren’t introducing new molecules into the diet. We’re not introducing a new entity that doesn’t exist in nature,” the executive is quoted as saying. “The approval will be about whether this is safe, clean and are the manufacturing processes reliable and accountable.”

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