Tuesday, June 28, 2011

coming soon: test tube meat

The Dutch scientists predict that over the next few decades the world’s population 
will increase so quickly that there will not be enough livestock to feed everyone.

As a result, they say, laboratory-grown beef, chicken and lamb could become normal.

The scientists are currently developing a burger which will be grown from 10,000 stem cells extracted from cattle, which are then left in the lab to multiply more than a billion times to produce muscle tissue similar to beef.

The product is called ‘in vitro’ meat.

"I don’t see any way you could rely on old-fashioned livestock in the coming decades.
In vitro meat will be the only choice left."

- Mark Post, professor of physiology at Maastricht University


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