Lab grown pork from stem cells

19-01-2010 | |

Dutch scientists have been successful in creating pork meat in a lab from the stem cells of pigs.

Reports state©that the lab grown meat does not yet resemble or taste much like pork (with the consistency of a scallop), the results could prove©to be a major landmark in the world’s food supply.
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“If we took the stem cells from one pig and multiplied it by a factor of a million, we would need one million fewer pigs to get the same amount of meat,” said Mark Post, a biologist at Maastricht University involved in the project.
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Slaughterhouses could be a thing of the past
This could mean that slaughterhouses in the future will no longer be needed. Global warming could be lowered by up to 95%, world hunger tackled -©a green alternative may be possible.
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Concerns©©
Although there seem to be positive future aspects, there are also concerns regarding meat grown in a lab. Some health experts are concerned about dangers to human health. Also, less dependency in livestock could affect the agricultural ecosystems.
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“Part of our enjoyment of eating meat depends on the very complicated muscle and fat structure… whether that can be replicated is still a question,” said biochemist Peter Ellis.
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However, the researchers who are involved in the project believe that the benefits of the technology surpass the risks.
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Source: mnn.com

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