The culture wars rage around embryonic stem cells vs. adult stem cells, there are pluripotent and totipotent cells, there are even cancer stem cells. But here’s a new stem cell technology we can all agree on: steak and burger stems cells! No, it’s not a joke, it’s real. At least that’s what a Dutch researcher says:
(Link) The Dutchman wants to grow a burger, and eventually steaks in laboratories using muscle stem cells, changing meat from a farming process to a factory process. The stem cell is a unique and extraordinary type of cell that can replicate itself several times and split into a number of specialised cell types, such as muscle cells – which can in turn be grown into strips that can be made into a hamburger, and eventually a steak.
It’s about fucking time. First of all, meat produced by animals is inefficient, it takes a lot of carbs and time to convert oats into filet mignon. Secondly, and I say this as an avid meat-eater, I don’t like the thought of raising animals in horrid conditions and killing them by the billions just so that I can have crunchy bacon in the morning or a slice of tender pot roast for dinner. Up to now there’s been no way around it, you either don’t eat meat or you participate, directly or indirectly, in killing animals. I dare say even vegetarians would be down with this idea, if it pans out. OK, that last part was in bad taste.