General Article In vitro meat

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Global meat consumption is set to double by the year 2050, driven by economic growth in areas such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. We’re running out of land with serious implications for the continued and increasing growth of grain and soya for animal consumption, not to mention the animal welfare and environmental issues, such as pollution, that arise from this increased demand, particularly when factory farming is employed .
Over-consumption of meat has a number of adverse effects on human health, including increased risk of heart disease and cancer. There’s an increasing market for meat substitutes which have the taste and texture of meat, without the health and environmental issues.
In vitro meat is an animal flesh product that has never been part of a living animal. Cells are taken from a live animal and grown into muscle tissue in a laboratory. These cells are what are referred to as ‘satellite cells’; they form stem cells which are programmed to produce muscle. Given the ri...

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