In vitro Meat (Biotechnology and Society)

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Samples of in-vitro meat grown at the University of Maastrich November 9, 2011 (Image from this article) ]

Required Reading/Viewing

  1. Mark Post TED Talk "Meet the new meat". (20 min) [Post2012a]
    Talk by main scientist behind the $325,000 test tube burger announced in August 2013.
  2. Langelaan, M.L.P., Boonen, K.J.M., Polak, R.B., Baaijens, F.P.T., Post, M.J., van der Schaft, D.W.J. Meet the new meat: tissue engineered skeletal muscle. Trends in Food Science & Technology 21:59-66 (2010). [Langelaan2010]
    Scientific review of state of the art in the in vitro meat field.
    Find the paper here.
  3. Stephens, N. In Vitro Meat: Zombies on the menu? SCRIPTed 7 (2), August 2010. [Stephens2010]
    General introduction to the state of this technology and its societal implications.
    View paper on SCRIPTed journal website
  4. New Harvest Website [NewHarvest]
    This is a "non-profit research organization advancing alternatives to conventionally produced meat". Explore links from their website for at least 10-15 min.
  5. PETA Offers $1 Million Reward to First Person to Make 'Test Tube' Meat [PETA]
    Read post on PETA website.
  6. Catts, O. (2003) "The Tissue Culture and Art Project: Disembodied Cuisine" Art Exhibit. [Catts2003]
    Web site for art project that was one of the first examples of in vitro meat.
    See also Victimless leather.