Utilizing bovine cells harvested on Earth, scientists grew them into small-scale muscle tissue utilizing a 3D bioprinter beneath managed micro-gravity circumstances. The ISS is a low-orbit space station that serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory between five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).
"We are working on a new method to produce the same meat, but in a way that uses less than half of the greenhouse gasses", said Didier Toubia, co-founder and chief executive officer of Aleph Farms, noting that the experiment was preliminary and just a proof of concept. However, Aleph's Yoav Reisler told Space.com that the company planned to build on the experiment and make synthetic beef steaks available on terra firma using large-scale "bio-farms". "This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for the generations to come, while preserving our natural resources".
On the space station, the experiment involved growing a piece of meat by mimicking a cow's natural muscle-tissue regeneration process.
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The technique they developed with Russian firm 3D Bioprinting Solutions could be used to provide astronauts with space burgers in future.
In December, Aleph Farms announced it had produced a prototype "strip" of steak grown from cells in the lab in two weeks, although it admitted the taste needed to be improved.
Cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka conducting the "cultivated beef steak" experiment aboard the International Space Station on September 26, 2019. "What is more, creating cultured meat products in space may grant invaluable scientific insights for implementation of this technology on Earth". Credit: 3D Bioprinting Solutions.More news: Qld records sixth measles case in a fortnight
As global consumption of meat is projected to rise by 88 percent between 2010 and 2050 by the World Resources Institute, science is seeking less resource-intensive ways of producing it, with in vitro cultivation of animal cells offering a possible solution.
Aleph Farms, based in 2017, is one in all those local weather change-fighting startups spearheading the fashionable enterprise of pretend meat.
"The mission of providing access to high-quality nutrition anytime, anywhere in a sustainable way is an increasing challenge for all humans", according to Jonathan Berger, appropriately named CEO of The Kitchen.More news: Blizzard pulls Blitzchung from Hearthstone tournament over support for Hong Kong protests