Prof Mark Post Manages To Make First Artificial Burger
While stem cells were being talked about by one and all, a team of researchers feels that it can be used to generate strips of meat. Though it may prove out to be as costly as about £220,000 (EUR250, 000), there are fair chances that it would take a lot to develop the artificial meat in the lab.
It is being expected that there would be some pace being picked up in the time to come after the team produced the first peace. With this, there are good chances that the rising demand of the same could be quelled. While there always remains a threat of farming environment, such artificial patties could prove out to be healthier.
It was in last autumn, that the news was reported that Prof Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands has managed to develop small strips of muscle tissue from a pig's stem cells. It was sheer efforts from the man and his team that today the first artificial burger appears to be very much achievable.
The findings were shared at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Vancouver yesterday afternoon. "Eventually my vision is that you have a limited herd of donor animals in the world that you keep in stock and that you get your cells form there”, he said. Nonetheless, he is of the say that though slaughtering would have to be done, all the stem cells are not required to be taken out.
Unlike the conventional means of extracting meat, the lab-based technique could do a lot to produce more than a million times more meat. The team is of the view that if being fully supported by the government and backed by requisite funds, there are bright chances that this technique could change the future course of time in the industry.
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