Scientists Grow Cow Cells Into 'Real' Steak on International Space Station

Katie Ramirez
October 9, 2019

For the experiment, Israel-based food technology startup Aleph Farms partnered with the ISS to cultivate the cells taken from cattle in space.

Israeli meat grower Aleph Farms tweeted yesterday that they have successfully grown meat on the International Space Station: 'In a joint experiment on [the] International Space Station, we successfully produced cultivated meat regardless to the availability of land and local water resources.

For the first time ever, meat was created in space - but no animals were harmed in the making of this 3D bioprinted "space beef".

It required the use of a special gadget known as a 3D bioprinter, which sticks together live cells to create something resembling real tissue.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly (R) and Kjell Lindgren taste vegetables grown in space on the International Space Station in 2015.

Lab-grown meat could be feeding the world by 2040. Bioprinting is a process in which biomaterials, like animal cells, are mixed with growth factors and the material "bioink", and "printed" into a layered structure. Cells begin to multiply, resulting in the growing of their muscle tissue, which eventually turned into steak normal size.

3D Bioprinting Solutionsis a Laboratory for Biotechnological Research founded by INVITRO, the largest private medical company in Russian Federation.

The experiment was marketed as being about devising the astronauts' food of the future. "Maturing of bioprinted organs and tissues in zero gravity proceeds much faster than in Earth gravity conditions".

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In the company Aleph Farms suggest that their products can be bought in the future in 3-4 years.

On Earth, only certain Bovine cells were amassed.

Aleph Farms' just is to scheme non-genetically modified food, which capacity that the usage of pure processes to grow meat to mimic the trend it might well possibly possibly well form in a cow.

As incomes rise, people will increasingly consume more resource-intensive, animal-based foods, while there is an urgent call to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural production.

"Our planet is on fire and we have no other one today".

"In space, we don't have 10,000 or 15,000 liters (3962.58 gallons) of water available to produce one kilogram (2.205 pounds) of beef", said Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, in a statement.

The company aims to build upon the success of this proof of concept experiment and, within a few years or so, make cultivated beef steaks available on Earth through "bio-farms" where they will grow this meat, Reisler added.

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