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July 30, 2013

02:29

Everyone loves a big, juicy steak. Everyone but Mother Earth, that is. So how can we "green" our eggs and ham? Why not grow them from stem cells?

In vitro meat is another one of those semi-crazy, theoretically-genius ideas that could save the planet... if we could work out the kinks. Science in Seconds takes a taste.

Host: Brit Trogen

Photo credits: Superx308, Janet Galore, Andrew Duffell, University of Miami, Ericd, Wired and Safeliving

References:

http://www.physorg.com/news182779099.html

http://w3.wtb.tue.nl/nl/people_pages/?script=showemp.php&pid=1618&all=1

http://www.livescience.com/technology/050707_lab_meat.html

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-greenhouse-hamburger

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/article6936352.ece

YOUR COMMENTS

Chris Buzon on July 08, 2010
Brit, aren't you a vegetarian? :D

This may seem gross now, but I honestly think that this *is* a fantastic idea. This could be something that eventually allows us to grow meat for space travel (assuming we find a way to provide an sufficient quantity of nutrient medium). sure, it's not a dry-aged strip loin - but it might save the planet.

Awesome report, very shmeat!
Patrice Webb on August 07, 2010
What I'd like to know is where does this "Nutrient rich" mixture the stem cells are grown in come from and how is it produced? How much energy does it's production and the running of the petrie dish cultures require?
Dave on September 07, 2011
I'd be all over this, but it sounds like it'd be too expensive for the average consumer (read: university students)

Hopefully i'll have won the lottery in 3-10 years.
chocolate on April 24, 2012
im not sure why some people think this is gross. killing animals and treating them the way they are treated, is whats gross. honestly i dont care much about saving the planet, to me, its about minimizing or stopping animal suffering. way to go, thumbs up to all those involved making the in vitro meat possible.

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