Astronauts successfully grow meat in space for the first time


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Aleph Farms announced this week that it has taken "one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind" as it successfully grew meat for the first time on the International Space Station, in collaboration with multiple international companies.

The company was co-founded by food-tech incubator The Kitchen, and Prof. Shulamit Levenberg of the Technion University, Israel, with an ambition of providing unconditional access to safe and nutritious meat on Earth, using minimal resources.

The feat was made possible by researchers who take cells from a cow and provide them with nutrients under a controlled environment that simulates the muscle-tissue regeneration process occurring inside the animal's body. The cells then multiply and grow connective muscle tissue until they eventually become a full-sized steak.

The process took place on 26th of September on the Russian segment of the ISS where they assembled "a small-scale muscle tissue in a 3D bioprinter developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions, under micro-gravity conditions," said Aleph Farm, in its press release.

"In space, we don't have 10,000 or 15,000 Liter (3962.58 Gallon) of water available to produce one Kg (2.205 Pound) of beef," said Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms. He also stated this achievement as a significant first step towards achieving food security for future generations and preserving natural resources.

Although the space-grown meat isn't ready for mass production just yet, it can potentially scale up to provide nutritional needs of astronauts during long-term manned space missions and "enhance the capacity for scalable cultured meat production on Earth," noted 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

Aleph Farms says that its products are likely to be commercially available in the next three or four years.

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Interesting... though I feel there are several other factors of muscle tissue development that aren't being met in a lab. Various metabolic and biological functions that "feed" the muscles growth which I'm expect to directly affect its taste and nutritional value. I don't know if it is really possible to emulate all these things outside of a living organism. Besides, I prefer a little fat on my steak so I don't think this is for me.

I do fully support our use of science and technology to find more efficient or 'humane' ways to create the things we need to live, and if we ever get to a point where we can the make a viable copy of animal meat and not kill an animal then I am all for it.
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Nope. Grown meat is FAKE chemical-laden meat. You can take your soylent green elsewhere, thank you very much.
Everything in the world is composed of chemicals. If anything, lab grown meat would require way less hormones, antibiotics, medicine, steroids, etc given to animals for regular meat.

Furthermore, lab grown meat typically uses cultivated cells to grow into a piece of meat. All it does is try to replicate the animal's cell growing/reproducing mechanisms outside of the animal's body.


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OK, but can they grill it medium rare on a charcoal grill in space too???

And do wake me up when they can also produce a decent Cabernet to go with that synthetic grilled steak......;)
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Soon, cows will be walking on the Moon. Where they will start farting, which might cause global warming on the Moon. Climate alarmists will get crazy when the temperatures inside deep craters jump from -105 centigrade to the desert hot -102 centigrade. Damn farting cows.