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quote:Originally posted by chrisThis is definitely going to happen. "in-vitro meat" is already under development, largely driven by the space-race.
quote:At the same time environmentalists are eager to pursue methods of meat production which will enable us to cut the number of ruminant animals (cows especially) because they contribute about 20% of the annual carbon dioxide production attributable to man. They are also potent sources of methane (alongside green plants, as we heard this week).
quote:And those with an eye for a quick buck are eager to produce a vegetarian-friendly "meat".
quote:The solution ? Researchers are trying to grow animal muscle cells in the dish. The problem they have come across is how to "exercise" their cultures because in animals it's use that builds muscles by stimulating the production of muscle proteins. The other slight problem they are stuggling with is that the results of their attempts so far have made eating raw sewage seem like a tastier option. But I'm sure these minor hurdles will be surmounted before too long.