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Scientists Can Grow Bacon From Stem Cells


Well, at least they are headed in that direction. To make meat production more humane, and to help slow global warming due to livestock over-farming, scientists from Denmark have developed a way to grow edible meat in the lab, from the stem cells of pigs. The petrie dish meat doesn’t yet taste or look very much like pork, but the possibilities for the new technology on the world’s food supply could be significant.

What does this new meat look and feel like at this stage of development? The scientists say it has the consistency and feel of scallop.

“If we took the stem cells from one pig and multiplied it by a factor of a million, we would need one million fewer pigs to get the same amount of meat,” said Mark Post, a biologist at Maastricht University involved in the project.

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