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Scientists ‘grow’ pork

Petri Pig
Scientists at the Eindhoven University of Technology are creating artificial pork. Prof. Dr Mark Post and his colleagues of the department of Biomedical Engineering have extracted cells from the muscle of a living pig and then put them in a sticky broth of blood from other animal fetuses. The cells then multiplied and created muscle tissue. They believe that it can be turned into something like steak if they can find a way to artificially “exercise” the muscle.

According to this cultured meat is not only animal friendly, it could reduce the billions of tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year by farm animals. However The Vegetarian Society said: “The big question is how could you guarantee you were eating artificial flesh rather than flesh from an animal that had been slaughtered. It would be very difficult to label and identify in a way that people would trust.”

The project is funded by the Dutch government and the sausage maker Stegeman.

Via Telegraph.co.uk, BBC and Food&Drink Digital. Related: Designing the meat of the future, Get vegetarian teeth and eat less meat, Meat Pork, Million Dollar Burger.

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