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Elephant in the dining room: Startup makes mammoth meatball


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Throw another mammoth on the barbie? An Australian company on Tuesday lifted the glass cloche on a meatball made of lab-grown cultured meat using the genetic sequence from the long-extinct pachyderm, saying it was meant to fire up public debate about the hi-tech treat.

The launch in an Amsterdam science museum came just days before April 1 so there was an elephant in the room: Is this for real?

"This is not an April Fools joke," said Tim Noakesmith, founder of Australian startup Vow. "This is a real innovation."

Vow used publicly available genetic information from the mammoth, filled missing parts with genetic data from its closest living relative, the African elephant, and inserted it into a sheep cell, Noakesmith said. Given the right conditions in a lab, the cells multiplied until there were enough to roll up into the meatball.

https://phys.org/news/2023-03-elephant-dining-room-startup-mammoth.html

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A $10,000 meatball that probably tastes like ****, let alone the fact that it was grown in a lab. If I had some rich friend offer me a sample, I'd probably try it. Other than that unlikely scenario, no thank you.

I suspect this will lead to other extinct animal meatballs, which is...weird.

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5 hours ago, moonman said:

A $10,000 meatball that probably tastes like ****, let alone the fact that it was grown in a lab. If I had some rich friend offer me a sample, I'd probably try it. Other than that unlikely scenario, no thank you.

I suspect this will lead to other extinct animal meatballs, which is...weird.

Brontosaurus Burgers? 

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13 minutes ago, joc said:

Brontosaurus Burgers? 

Yabba dabba doooo! 

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On 3/28/2023 at 7:44 PM, Still Waters said:

Throw another mammoth on the barbie? An Australian company on Tuesday lifted the glass cloche on a meatball made of lab-grown cultured meat using the genetic sequence from the long-extinct pachyderm, saying it was meant to fire up public debate about the hi-tech treat.

The launch in an Amsterdam science museum came just days before April 1 so there was an elephant in the room: Is this for real?

"This is not an April Fools joke," said Tim Noakesmith, founder of Australian startup Vow. "This is a real innovation."

Vow used publicly available genetic information from the mammoth, filled missing parts with genetic data from its closest living relative, the African elephant, and inserted it into a sheep cell, Noakesmith said. Given the right conditions in a lab, the cells multiplied until there were enough to roll up into the meatball.

https://phys.org/news/2023-03-elephant-dining-room-startup-mammoth.html

I have been waiting for this to come.

I hope in my lifetime I can enjoy a T-Rex steak.

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