Purdue animal geneticist available to discuss GMO salmon

November 19, 2015  

William Muir

William Muir 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – 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 (Nov. 19) U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for human consumption of a genetically engineered salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies.


Topics 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.

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.

CONTACT: William Muir, 765-494-8032, bmuir@purdue.edu 

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