Israeli startup successfully grows first artificial meat in space
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.
An Israeli startup has become the first to artificially grow meat in space. Aleph Farms, the company, harvested bovine cells from the earth, took them to the space and grew them into into a small-scale muscle tissue using a 3D bioprinter.
In December 2018, the company had become the world's first to create a lab-grown steak, from cells extracted from a living cow. This method of creating meat causes no harm to animals and helps protect the environment.
The same start-up went to International Space Station to culture the meat in space.
The meat cultivation process is similar to the natural process of muscle-tissue generation inside the body of a cow.
The scientists assembled small-scale muscle tissue using a 3D bioprinter under microgravity conditions. The process was successfully achieved on 26 September and might help us in manufacturing meat in space in the future.
“We are proving that cultivated meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition,” said Didier Toubia, co-founder and chief executive of Aleph Farms. “We can potentially provide a powerful solution to produce the food closer to the population needing it, at the right time it is needed.”
“In space, we don’t have 10,000 or 15,000 litres of water available to produce 1kg of beef,” added Toubia.
Making of the artificial meat takes two to three weeks and costs around $50. But, the scientists are not happy with the taste of the meat and are working to improve it.
“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,” said Toubia.