Scientists are still working out the kinks. For example, they want to add a luscious "vascular system" to help the meat grow into a piece of prime steak; without the oxygenating add-on, they can only produce thin strips of muscle tissue. Fellow researcher Nicholas Genovese knows that meat and tech makes some uneasy, but says such worries are unfounded, since foods like yogurt and beer are cultured products, just like in-vitro meat.
Should experiments like Minorov's in South Carolina and those in Norway take off? And what, exactly, is in it for people who aren't trying to score PETA's $1 million prize?
- It's Like a Cow in Your Pocket Dr. Minorov tells Reuters' Harriet McLeod why this is a good thing: "If we have interplanetary exploration, people will need to produce food in space and you can't take a cow with you."
- Fake Meat Is Clean Meat "Animals require between 3 and 8 pounds of nutrient to make 1 pound of meat," fellow researcher Nicholas Genovese tells Reuters McLeod, "cultured meat doesn't have a digestive system" points out Nicholas Genovese.
- Design Your Own Meats
"How do you want it to taste?" asks Minorov, "You want a little bit of
fat, you want pork, you want lamb? We design exactly what you want. We
can design texture," he tells McLeod.