Honey soy fish are already the first salmon genetically engineered in the US to be developed to resist the disease coronavirus.
The salmon has been named Honey Soy Salmon because it was created in collaboration between the University of Hawaii and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“The team at the USDA created Honey Soy in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create an effective vaccine against coronaviruses like coronaviellosis,” said Dr. William Ruckelshaus, an entomologist at the University at Buffalo, New York, and co-author of the paper.
Honey Soy Salmon was named after the honey-flavored soy products used in the process of genetic engineering.
Hormel, the world’s largest food processor, has not commented on the study.
In September, the USDA announced it would allow US farmers to purchase a new soybean variety that is genetically engineered so that it can resist the coronaviral gene, and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant, said it had developed a genetically modified version of a strain of its Bt corn that can also be used for the purpose.USDA researchers say the research has broad implications for the way that crops are grown, harvested and used.
“It’s an important step toward getting the entire US population to be able to tolerate coronavireptics, which is critical for food security,” Ruckelsaid.
“We’re not going to get there in a few decades.”USDA says the honey salmon was developed to make the virus more difficult to replicate, which could potentially help farmers to produce more of the herbicide-tolerant fish that have been bred to be more resistant to coronavides.