Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Grow Your Own Meat without the Animal

The Globe and Mail asks, why raise animals with all their nasty parts and complications when you could just grow pure edible meat:
Scientists can grow frog and mouse meat in the lab, and are now working on pork, beef and chicken. Their goal is to develop an industrial version of the process in five years.

If they succeed, cultured or in vitro meat could be coming to a supermarket near you. Consumers could buy hamburger patties and chicken nuggets made from meat cultivated from muscle cells in a giant incubator rather than cut from a farm animal.

Home chefs could make meat in a countertop device the size of a coffee maker. Before bed, throw starter cells and a package of growth medium into the meat maker and wake up to harvest fresh sausage for breakfast.
Link (via Fark). This could be the biggest thing since spaghetti farming.

Indexed by tags food and drink, science, nature, biology, meat, grow, home, lab, in vitro.


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