In-vitro meat

(Another pre-hospital item on my desktop.)

The Zippy strip from 1/10/20, featuring Zippy and Shelf Life reflecting rather goofily on synthetic meat:


(#1) “Spork chops”, not to mention armpit swabs cultured into meat

On actual projects to create in-vitro meat, from Wikipedia:

Cultured meat is meat produced by in vitro cell culture of animal cells, instead of from slaughtered animals. It is a form of cellular agriculture.

Cultured meat is produced using many of the same tissue engineering techniques traditionally used in regenerative medicine. The concept of cultured meat was popularized by Jason Matheny in the early 2000s after co-authoring a seminal paper on cultured meat production and creating New Harvest, the world’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting in vitro meat research.

In 2013, Mark Post, a professor at Maastricht University, was the first to showcase a proof-of-concept for cultured meat by creating the first burger patty grown directly from cells. Since then, several cultured meat prototypes have gained media attention: The first restaurant to serve cultured meat is in Israel.


(#2) Professor Mark Post holds the world’s first lab-grown beef burger during an event in West London on Aug. 5, 2013 (photo by Pool New/Reuters)

There is some question about the environmental advantages of such meat, since hydrocarbons seem to be required at many unexpected points in their manufacture.

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