July 8th, 2005

Meat without all the meat

Science has possibly discovered a way of growing meat in a lab from the tissues of animals. Of course some animals would still be used as "tissue donors" but I find myself hoping that it works. Of course I wouldn't eat it, but I'm wondering if others see this as a positive thing or as a horrifying thing.
Here's the link.

"Writing in the journal Tissue Engineering, Matheny said scientists could grow cells from the muscle tissue of cattle, pigs, poultry or fish in large flat sheets on thin membranes. These sheets of cells would be grown and stretched, then removed from the membranes and stacked to increase thickness and resemble meat.

Using another method, scientists could grow muscle cells on small three-dimensional beads that stretch with small changes in temperature. The resulting tissue could be used to make processed meat such as chicken nuggets or hamburgers...

Raising livestock requires million of gallons of water and hundreds of acres of land. Meat grown from tissue would bypass those requirements. "