Meat from a 3D printer is said to be in the works.
Modern Meadow is using a 3D bioprinter to create slabs of meat that can be consumed and don’t require animals to be slaughtered.
Utilizing stem cells obtained from a biopsy, bioengineered meat can be printed from a biocartridge containing something called bioink particles that are used to create living tissue.
The co-founder of Modern Meadow Andras Forgacs said:
"if you look at the resource intensity of everything that goes into a hamburger, it is an environmental train wreck." Andras Forgacs is working with his father
Professor Gabor Forgacs from the University of Missouri on the project, which has received funding from the
Thiel Foundation to the tune of three hundred fifty thousand dollars.
Other bioengineering feats are being tested with the bioprinting technology.
Regenerative medicine has only been tested on animals and is not ready for use on humans.
The meat being printed is still in its test phase and is not yet fit for human consumption.
The process of replicating biological material can be very complex, but scientists have been exploring the options.
What do you think? Would you eat meat that was printed from a machine using stem cell technology?