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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

For attendees of the 2013 World Aquaculture Society Meeting, this post is meant to be an avenue for your feedback from our presentation (See our event page for details). Please feel free to comment below with your inquiries, impressions, and discussion points. We will reply in kind. Or if you prefer, please connect with us on our social network platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn or via our website’s contact form.


Friday, January 18th, 2013

We’re very excited to speak at the 2013 Triennial World Aquaculture Society meeting in Nashville. Please let us know if you have any specific questions for our talk, GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SHRIMP: LESSONS FROM OTHER ARTHROPODS, below in the comments or via our site’s contact form. Here’s the short list of information:

Who: Jeremy Ellis, Ph.D.


Where: World Aquaculture Society 2013 – Nashville, TN

When: Sunday the 24th of February, 2013 at 10:45 am. (Timeslot #6) during the Genetically Engineered Fish and Shellfish Session

Why: To share and discuss with the aquaculture community the potential for genetically engineered shrimp to innovate their industry, read the full abstract below.


The global human population recently passed 7 billion individuals and is expected to grow by an estimated additional 3.59 billion people within the next 40 years. Food production and sustainability is a major concern in light of the increasing needs of our growing populace, our overtaxed natural resources, and depletion of wild animal stocks. Dietary protein may be derived from a wide range of sources with animal food sources being preferred by increasingly developed nations. Aquaculture stands as a potential solution for the long-term production of animal protein worldwide and is reported to achieve some of the highest feed-to-protein conversion ratios when compared to poultry, cattle, and pig farming. Application of biotechnology, specifically genetic engineering, may directly address inefficiencies in production, losses due to disease, and other seemingly ridged biological parameters in aquaculture that may support this food industry in the future. The development of transgenic shrimp may, in part, assist in addressing the societal challenge of global food security. Despite interest, significant research, and consideration, the adoption and application of transgenic shrimp have not been fully realized in the aquaculture industry. A review of the literature, previous research, state of the industry, and comparing it to the successful implementation of genetically engineering in other arthropods is a potent road map to guide and overcome technological hurdles for this industry. Where are we and what do we need to do next?


We’ll post any changes or new information here or you can find other conference information on the conference page from the World Aquaculture Society’s site. We’ll be happy to answer questions after our talk at the show, but, again, please feel free to leave comments below if you have any specific questions that you’d like addressed. Thanks!