Mass Production Of In Vitro Meat From One Sample

Eric Schulze, Ph.D., Vice President of Product and Regulation at the lab-cultured meat company, Memphis Meats, has made an amazing claim.

“We can produce up to 10,000 cows’ worth of meat with a single biopsy [of animals cells] and that’s a conservative estimate … and we hope to be at cost parity with conventional products by 2021 or sooner,” said Schulze.

“If you take a biopsy, feed the cells the same nutrients: sugar, vitamins, minerals and so on, that a cow would eat, instead of 18 months, in two weeks or less you can have as much meat as from that cow,” Schulze went on to share at the conference.

Memphis Meat CEO and co-founder, Dr. Uma Valeti spoke to FoodNavigator USA this week and said that he could not share a specific launch date, but we know it will be worth the wait. “What’s really important is that science does not occur in a cultural vacuum. We don’t know everything and we’re going to take our time,” Valeti said.

Although I've never tried their in vitro meat, I've enjoyed sampling their claims in the media. Try these tasty articles: In Vitro Meatballs For SciFi Spaghetti (video!) and Mmm, Tasty Duck From A Petri Dish.

This particular claim from Memphis Meats fascinates me because it matches the main hypothesis of Larry Niven's Draco Tavern story Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing. The story is too good to miss, it's short, and you can read it here.

Via One Green Planet.

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