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Fw: (US) Burgers from a lab? U.S. study says it's possible

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  • Cynthia Hendrick
    ... From: Animalconcerns Community, Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 22:43:37 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Laboratories using new tissue engineering technology might be
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      From: Animalconcerns Community, Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 22:43:37 -0400


      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Laboratories using new tissue engineering
      technology might be able to produce meat that is healthier for
      consumers and cut down on pollution produced by factory farming,
      researchers said on Wednesday.

      While NASA engineers have grown fish tissue in lab dishes, no one has
      seriously proposed a way to grow meat on commercial levels.

      But a new study conducted by University of Maryland doctoral student
      Jason Matheny and his colleagues describe two possible ways to do it.

      Writing in the journal Tissue Engineering, Matheny said scientists
      could grow cells from the muscle tissue of cattle, pigs, poultry or
      fish in large flat sheets on thin membranes. These sheets of cells
      would be grown and stretched, then removed from the membranes and
      stacked to increase thickness and resemble meat.
      ...
      Writing in this month's Physics World, British physicist Alan Calvert
      calculated that the animals eaten by people produce 21 percent of the
      carbon dioxide that can be attributed to human activity. He recommends
      people switch to a vegetarian diet as a way to battle global warming.

      "Worldwide reduction of meat production in the pursuit of the targets
      set in the Kyoto treaty seems to carry fewer political unknowns than
      cutting our consumption of fossil fuels," he said in a statement.

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