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Posted: 2/4/2006 3:57:52 PM EDT


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August 16, 2005 Experiments for NASA space missions have shown that small amounts of edible meat can be created in a lab. But the technology that could grow chicken nuggets without the chicken, on a large scale, may not be just a science fiction fantasy. In a recent paper in the Tissue Engineering journal, a team of scientists has proposed two new techniques of tissue engineering that may one day lead to affordable production of in vitro - lab grown - meat for human consumption. It is the first peer-reviewed discussion of the prospects for industrial production of cultured meat. "There would be a lot of benefits from cultured meat," says University of Maryland doctoral student Jason Matheny, who studies agricultural economics and public health. "For one thing, you could control the nutrients. For example, most meats are high in the fatty acid Omega 6, which can cause high cholesterol and other health problems. With in vitro meat, you could replace that with Omega 3, which is a healthy fat.

"Cultured meat could also reduce the pollution that results from raising livestock, and you wouldn't need the drugs that are used on animals raised for meat."

Prime Without the Rib

The idea of culturing meat is to create an edible product that tastes like cuts of beef, poultry, pork, lamb or fish and has the nutrients and texture of meat.

Scientists know that a single muscle cell from a cow or chicken can be isolated and divided into thousands of new muscle cells. Experiments with fish tissue have created small amounts of in vitro meat in NASA experiments researching potential food products for long-term space travel, where storage is a problem.

"But that was a single experiment and was geared toward a special situation - space travel," says Matheny. "We need a different approach for large scale production."

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Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:00:34 PM EDT


Mmmmmmmm lab meat
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:01:59 PM EDT
that thought makes me hungry. NOT!!!!!!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:02:45 PM EDT
Interesting. The days of Star Trek where nobody eats real food and blanches at the thought of "enslaving animals for food" are upon us.

Along with the socialist utopia and liberal philosophy/hypocricy.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:07:56 PM EDT
Man...

Imagine growing steaks in your garden...

I'd be all over that..

Rows of porterhouses, ribeyes, and T-bones

Hmm...could use miracle grow to get a bigger steak...


Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:17:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Swindle1984:
Interesting. The days of Star Trek where nobody eats real food and blanches at the thought of "enslaving animals for food" are upon us.

Along with the socialist utopia and liberal philosophy/hypocricy.



As long as our right to hunt and kill animals for food is protected in stone, I dont have a problem with it.


Most of our food is produced in factories anyways...

Animals are kept in feedlots and cages and pumped full of steroids to get those juicy steaks or chicken titty tenders we are so crazy about.

Flavors are manufactured in of all places... Northern NJ.

A candy bar could be made to taste like a cheeseburger...
You probably wouldnt wanna eat it though.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:27:21 PM EDT
Mmmmmmmm, labgrown meat . . . [drool]
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:34:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pv74:

A candy bar could be made to taste like a cheeseburger...
You probably wouldnt wanna eat it though.



Ruths Chris candy bar. Only $45.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 4:34:24 PM EDT
Soylent Green is people.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 11:08:36 PM EDT
The Beef Vat.

The future is going to be really messed up.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 11:12:00 PM EDT
Anyone got an image of Dilbert's Tomeato?
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