Scientists Bioengineer Pork Meat in a Laboratory
Backed by a sausage manufacturer and the Dutch government, scientists in the Netherlands have successfully grown artificial pork meat in the laboratory for the first time, reports the Times Online. Using cells extracted from the muscles of a live pig, which were then incubated in a nutrient-rich solution, the cells were able to multiply indefinitely. Science! As creepy as it sounds, in vitro meat is theoretically good for the environment (lab-grown animal tissue doesn’t emit greenhouse gases) and would eliminate animal suffering and deaths (even PETA is in support). The next step is figuring out how to exercise the "meat" to turn it into something with a steak-like consistency, and the researchers are generously estimating it'll be a real product in "five years' time."