Scientists grow 'meat' in space

Scientists have successfully cultured bovine cells on board the International Space Station

Scientists have successfully cultured bovine cells on board the International Space Station

Aleph Farms created the meat using a 3D bioprinter developed by the Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

Now, for the first time, meat has been successfully grown above the Earth, aboard the International Space Station (ISS) - meaning future astronauts could enjoy a supply of endless, cruelty-free meat for future travels.

"The process of making a patty or a sausage from cells cultured outside of the animal's body is challenging enough". The experiment was made possible using a special 3D printer.

This photo of the cupola on the International Space Station shows the magnificent views available from the station. Four years later, meat is being grown in space as well. Bioprinting is a process in which biomaterials, like animal cells, are mixed with growth factors and the material "bioink", and "printed" into a layered structure.

Small scale muscle tissue assembled from bovine cell spheroids. The experiment has now opened the door to a future where astronauts can grow their own meat on space exploration missions.

Having produced the world's first "test tube steak" in 2018, they partnered with Russian know-how firm 3D Bioprinting Options to assist its first journey into area. "Maturing of bioprinted organs and tissues in zero gravity proceeds much faster than in Earth gravity conditions".

Aleph Farms' goal is to supply non-genetically modified meals, which implies utilizing pure processes to develop meat to imitate the way in which it could develop in a cow.

"We are proving that cultivated meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition", said Didier Toubia, co-founder and chief executive of Aleph Farms, which funded the experiment and provided the equipment and cells. "This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for the generations to come, while preserving our natural resources".

As incomes rise, people will increasingly consume more resource-intensive, animal-based foods, while there is an urgent call to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural production.

Amidst rising food demands and imminent environmental issues, other companies are seeking ways to produce meat in the lab. Mosa Meats in Holland and Memphis Meats in the U.S. are among Aleph Foods' main competitors.

The company aims to build upon the success of this proof of concept experiment and, within a few years or so, make cultivated beef steaks available on Earth through "bio-farms" where they will grow this meat, Reisler added.

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