Friday, May 20, 2011

Lab-Created Meat

I know some on the right dislike NPR because of its liberal slant, but it has many excellent and interesting programs. While I was driving tonight, I happened to hear a fascinating segment on lab-created meat -- not artificial meat, but real meat grown from stem cells.
tissue scientists are taking stem cells from pigs and putting them in nutrient broth-filled petri dishes, where they rapidly grow. The biggest slab of meat grown so far is about the size of a contact lens and contains millions of cells. The next step, Specter says, is trying to take these cells and turn them into muscle tissue, using biodegradable scaffolding platforms.
There are all sorts of implications and possibilities for this research, which will no doubt occur to anyone else who reads a lot of science fiction. You can listen to the story at the link above.


  1. SteveBrooklineMAMay 20, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Funny, I was listening to NPR this evening too. There was a bit on the 20th anniversary of "Thelma and Louise."

    I couldn't make it past a few minutes. Yes, there are good things on NPR. There is plenty of the most boring stuff imaginable as well.

  2. Yeah that's true. I switch it on to see what they are talking about, and a significant amount of time I quickly switch to something else. But I have found that they often have interesting scientific pieces. I even like the political ones, although they usually end up irritating me.