Researchers at IIT-Guwahati [Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati] have developed lab-grown meat, which is nutritious and will be a step towards cruelty-free food.
Fat cells, cartilage cells or bone cells can be grown in conjunction with the muscle stem cells in different layers [which] is now being tried out, [said Dr Biman B Mandal of IIT-Guwahati]. “These tissue-engineered meat are being cultured and grown in inexpensive culture media, recently developed and patented in our laboratory, Mandal said.
“This method can be manipulated depending on whether the consumer demands lean and fatty meat product, or a solid dry meat product to be available in various shapes and sizes. Daily edible components are being used to make the support matrix in order to increase the nutrient content of the meat product,” he added.
The product can be printed in varying shapes and sizes using a 3D bioprinter with the edible components and preserved for future use.
At the penultimate stage, bioreactors will be used for large scale production of this product to achieve a yield of approximately 100 chickens from one chicken, he said.
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