Posted Oct. 27, 2015 at 5:38 a.m.

Premium Lock SynShark making valuable shark oil in tobacco plants

Published: 2015-10-27 05:38:28
Updated: 2015-10-27 05:38:28

SynShark making shark oil in tobacco plants. SynShark and NCBiotech executives check the company's one-acre tobacco plot near Greensboro, to be expanded to 10 acres with the help of a $250,000 NCBiotech loan. -- SynShark photo

Every year an estimated 3 to 5 million sharks are slaughtered for a precious omega-2 oil in their livers called squalene, a clear liquid, lighter than water, that helps them float. SynShark, which has operations in NC, wants to harvest squalene from the leaves of tobacco plants that have been genetically engineered to synthesize the oil....

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