Tasty In Vitro Meat Eaten On Stage!

Take a look at this recent TEDMed conference video, in which Gabor Forgacs from Organovo talks about printing not only human tissue (see Organovo Organ Printing) but also meat for human consumption.


(Organovo Organ Printing)

What came next was even better:

In a hilarious and aptly timed demonstration, Gabor Forgacs from Organovo got on stage next to talk about printing meat with his tissue printers. He had talked previously about using them to regenerate tissue for human health, but it is equally possible to take muscle cells and print them for human consumption. He brought up a little frying pan, opened up a vial, and pulled out a strip of “printed” pork that he made using his technology, heated it, and ate it right in front of us. The whole spectacle was hilarious and the audience was loving every moment. He’s not sure what to call his new type of meat but is leaning toward “lab meat” or “in vitro meat.”


(Forgacs from Organovo eats fried in vitro pork on stage)

SF writers have their own ideas about names for in vitro or cloned meats:

"Chicken Little from Pohl and Kornbluth's novel The Space Merchants [1952].

"Carniculture from H. Beam Piper's Four-Day Planet [1961].

"Pseudoflesh from Frank Herbert's Whipping Star [1969].

"Vat-Grown Meat from William Gibson's Neuromancer [1984].

"Food brick* from Larry Niven's Ringworld [1970] (*they came in liver - raw liver - for kzinti).

"ChickieNobs from Margaret Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake [2003].

Via the always excellent MedGadget.

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