‘Frankenstein’ meat grown in petri dish in space in world first

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LAB-GROWN meat has been created in space in an experiment that’s truly out of this world.

Israeli scientists cultured the tiny piece of beef from stem cells while aboard the International Space Station, 248 miles above the Earth’s surface.

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Scientists have grown meat on board the International Space Station[/caption]

Cow cells were harvested back on our planet and blasted to the station where they they were grown into muscle tissue using a special 3D printer.

Run by Aleph Farms, a food firm that grows cultivated beef steaks, the experiment took place on September 26 within the Russian segment of the space station.

Researchers said the project was carried out to show how lab-grown meat can be cultivated in tough conditions, with minimal resources.

The technique they developed could be used to provide astronauts with space burgers in future.

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Professor Mark Post shows off the world’s first lab-grown beef burger during a launch event in London in 2013[/caption]

“We are proving that cultivated meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition,” said Aleph Farms boss Didier Toubia.

“We can potentially provide a powerful solution to produce the food closer to the population needing it, at the exact and right time it is needed.

To grow the meat from cow cells, scientists mimicked the natural process of muscle cell regeneration occurring inside a cow’s body.

It required the use of a special gadget known as a 3D bioprinter, which sticks together live cells to create something resembling real tissue.

Lab-grown or “slaughter-free” meat looks and tastes like the real thing, but is produced without killing farm animals.

It’s previously been labelled “Frankenstein” meat as it’s made using the cells of other animals.

What is the ISS?

Here's what you need to know about the International Space Station…

  • The International Space Station, often abbreviated to ISS, is a large space craft that orbits Earth and houses astronauts who go up there to complete scientific missions
  • Many countries worked together to build it and they work together to use it
  • It is made up of many pieces, which astronauts had to send up individually on rockets and put together from 1998 to 2000
  • Ever since the year 2000, people have lived on the ISS
  • Nasa uses the ISS to learn about living and working in space
  • It is approximately 250 miles above Earth and orbits around the planet just like a satellite
  • Living inside the ISS is said to be like living inside a big house with five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gym, lots of science labs and a big bay window for viewing Earth

The meat-alternative has been touted as a miracle cure for the impending food crisis and climate change.

As much as 96 per cent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by switching to fake meat – taking a further step towards tackling global warming.

Didier added that the fact it can be grown aboard the cramped ISS shows little land, water and other resources is needed to make the stuff.

“In space, we don’t have 10,000 or 15,000 litres of water available to produce 1kg of beef,” he said.

“This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources.”


In other news, experts revealed earlier this year that meat grown in labs could be on supermarket shelves within five years.

Brits may have to eat bugs to help humanity dodge an impending global food crisis, scientists claim.

Eating insects could even aid weight loss – and bug crisps are now being sold at Sainsbury’s.

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