biotech steaks without killing or harming animals? Re:...cell cultures

M. Price mprc at ro.cc.rochester.edu
Thu Feb 9 15:42:08 EST 1995


In <amatos-0802951602000001 at bib7.bc.edu> amatos at hermes.bc.edu (Stephen Amato) writes:

>In article <3h8l6g$pib at engnews2.Eng.Sun.COM>, silber at orfeo.Eng.Sun.COM
>(Eric Silber) wrote:

>> In article <93783.ashendel at aclcb.purdue.edu> <ashendel at aclcb.purdue.edu>
>writes:
>> >On 4 Feb 95 18:05:35 GMT, 
>> >Robert Kuhelj  <robert.kuhelj at ijs.si> wrote:
>> 
>>  ...  [text deleted:  interchange re: small scale cell culture for
>research ]...
>> 
>>  forgive this outsider's intrusion into a very specific group
>>  ( bionet.molbio.methds-reagnts ), but it is the closest thing I can find
>>  to the appropriate place to post this question:
>> 
>>  Is there any current research and/or biotech development which would
>>  make it possible to produce large quantities of cultured muscle-fibers ?
>>  The point of the question is whether now or in the near future
>>  biotech will make it possible to 'grow chicken breasts' (so to speak)
>>  so that some form of meat-like products can be marketed which are
>>  NOT derived from the abuse and/or killing of animals?
>> 
>>  If this is technically possible, and industrially feasible,
>>  it would seem that it could have major implications.


>First of all, I am curious why you are asking?  But, anyway, there are
>companies attempting to do this (that is, culture muscle cells and fibers)
>for the purpose of muscle replacement therapy in humans.  The question is,
>do we know enough about the differences between cows or chickens or human
>muscle structure, anatomy and physiology to be able to selectively make
>muscle fibers from one species.  For example, could you imagine eating a
>steak that you knew was based on the structure of human muscle fibers?

   Why would that be any weirder than a vegetarian eating a steak based
on the structure of animal muscle fibers?
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