Repurposed mushrooms could make an animal-free, vegan beer — all while using up food waste

Repurposed mushrooms could make an animal-free, vegan beer — all while using up food waste

Sally Ho | 
It’s not common knowledge, but not all beers out there are vegan. Some brands use finings in the brewing process ...
‘Would you wear clothing, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers?’ Microbe-made synthetic proteins might be stronger than Kevlar

‘Would you wear clothing, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers?’ Microbe-made synthetic proteins might be stronger than Kevlar

Would you wear clothing or, say, shoelaces or a belt made of muscle fibers? What if those fibers could endure ...
Cheese without the cow? Lactose-intolerant Shell engineer developing gene-edited soybean-based ‘cheese’ that stretches, tastes and toasts just like the real thing

Cheese without the cow? Lactose-intolerant Shell engineer developing gene-edited soybean-based ‘cheese’ that stretches, tastes and toasts just like the real thing

In the United States alone, roughly 9 million cows are devoted to churning out torrents of milk a year which, ...
Viewpoint: OMG! GMO! Killer ice cream? Here’s the latest in anti-biotechnology hysteria

Viewpoint: OMG! GMO! Killer ice cream? Here’s the latest in anti-biotechnology hysteria

Cameron English | 
If you're worried about never-ending wars, crippling national debt, poverty, disease, social unrest, or even really bad stomach aches, the ...
‘We’re successful when our steaks are served at a diner in rural Kansas’: Can mushrooms replicate the taste and texture of animal meat?

‘We’re successful when our steaks are served at a diner in rural Kansas’: Can mushrooms replicate the taste and texture of animal meat?

Jennah Haque | 
While plenty of plant-based meat companies claim to replicate the taste of the real thing, industry leaders like Beyond Meat, ...
Can lab grown meat be considered vegan?

Can lab grown meat be considered vegan?

Brian Kateman | 
Language is fascinating and complicated. Just as terms like “plant-based” and “vegan” are becoming widespread, their definitions seem to be ...
If you can't see me you can't bite me: CRISPR experiments target altering mosquitoes to make them blind to humans

If you can’t see me you can’t bite me: CRISPR experiments target altering mosquitoes to make them blind to humans

Sabrina Imbler | 
For the first time, scientists have used the gene-editing tool Crispr-Cas9 to render humans effectively invisible in the eyes of ...
Synthetic biology in space: Mushrooms could be used to build extraterrestrial habitats

Synthetic biology in space: Mushrooms could be used to build extraterrestrial habitats

Nick Hilden, Paul Stamets | 
In a new “astromycological” venture launched in conjunction with NASA, [Paul] Stamets and various research teams are studying how fungi ...
Synthetic foods: They sound unappetizing — but they could revolutionize agriculture

Synthetic foods: They sound unappetizing — but they could revolutionize agriculture

[Just five years ago, Upside Foods] developed a biological process to grow synthetic meat products by taking stem cells from ...
Can the clean meat revolution address agriculture’s ecological challenges?

Can the clean meat revolution address agriculture’s ecological challenges?

Gabriel Rosenberg, Jan Dutkiewicz | 
For a cutting-edge biotechnology, cellular agriculture is actually a fairly straightforward process. It begins with stem cells, usually harvested from ...
6.3 billion tons of plastic: That’s how much waste we’ve generated. Fungus and bacteria might be part of the solution

6.3 billion tons of plastic: That’s how much waste we’ve generated. Fungus and bacteria might be part of the solution

Emma Wollacott | 
Samantha Jenkins was studying a number of types of fungus in a research project for her company, when one of ...
‘​​So far, the clean meat industry has proven more adept at churning out optimistic timelines than it has at offering consumers an alternative to meat from animals’

‘​​So far, the clean meat industry has proven more adept at churning out optimistic timelines than it has at offering consumers an alternative to meat from animals’

Tom Philpott | 
So far, the [clean meat] industry has proven for more adept at churning out optimistic timelines than it has at ...
Textile transformation: Turning recycled carbon emissions into athletic apparel

Textile transformation: Turning recycled carbon emissions into athletic apparel

Recycling carbon is a fundamental element of the circular economy, which will keep fossil carbon in the ground, reducing pollution ...
Cell-grown fish may beat lab-meat to the market

Cell-grown fish may beat lab-meat to the market

Lillian Stone | 
Cell-cultured meat may seem like a far-off prospect, a Jetsons-level protein source only available in a grim, distant future.  ...
From steaks to salmon, here’s the future of 3D-printed food

From steaks to salmon, here’s the future of 3D-printed food

Arielle Cottingham | 
Using edible ingredients in the form of purees or pastes, a 3D printer pushes materials through a precisely moving nozzle ...
Most plant-based proteins are made from soy. From microalgae to fermented fungi, these surprising sources are bringing us the faux meat of the future

Most plant-based proteins are made from soy. From microalgae to fermented fungi, these surprising sources are bringing us the faux meat of the future

Oliver Morrison | 
What will take on the ubiquitous soy and pea?​ As well as chickpea, other plant proteins have come to the ...
Can synthetic biology be scaled up quickly enough to make significant progress against climate change?

Can synthetic biology be scaled up quickly enough to make significant progress against climate change?

Leanne Kemp | 
In cities, something like 40 or even 50% of food doesn’t even reach our plates. [Claudia Vickers, Director of the ...
Universities racing to update curriculums to catch up with technology-driven ‘future food’ revolution

Universities racing to update curriculums to catch up with technology-driven ‘future food’ revolution

Michael Wolf | 
[N]ow that food companies big and small are embracing new technologies to create alternative forms of meat, universities around the ...
Lab-grown meat dilemma: Sustainable alternatives to livestock farming held back by patents, reluctance to share research and lack of government support

Lab-grown meat dilemma: Sustainable alternatives to livestock farming held back by patents, reluctance to share research and lack of government support

Jack McGovan | 
[M]any technological, social, and economic hurdles remain before our supermarkets are filled with a variety of cultured cutlets. To surpass ...
Colorants used in food, drugs and cosmetics are often petroleum based. Genetically engineered bacteria could offer a safer solution

Colorants used in food, drugs and cosmetics are often petroleum based. Genetically engineered bacteria could offer a safer solution

Sang Yup Lee | 
A research group at KAIST has engineered bacterial strains capable of producing three carotenoids and four violacein derivatives, completing the ...
Lab grown technology extends far beyond meat — to diamonds, trees and even human bones

Lab grown technology extends far beyond meat — to diamonds, trees and even human bones

Alex Lockwood | 
Yes, most ‘lab-grown’ tech companies are working to produce animal-derived agricultural products (‘meat’, ‘leather’, ‘milk’, ‘eggs’ etc.). But, there’s a ...
Trash transformation: Here’s how researchers are turning plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

Trash transformation: Here’s how researchers are turning plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

Joanna Sadler, Kevin Folta | 
We have two major problems. Vanilla is mostly produced in a narrow set of unstable economies and the supply chains ...
Foie gras without the guilt: Lab-grown duck and goose liver in the works

Foie gras without the guilt: Lab-grown duck and goose liver in the works

Jeremy Kahn | 
Foie gras, which is made from duck or goose liver, has long been public enemy No. 1 among those concerned ...
Does the public have an appetite for lab-cultivated meat?

Does the public have an appetite for lab-cultivated meat?

Chuck Dinerstein | 
Laboratory grown muscle cells from various animals are quickly becoming a commercial reality; they are already real food, at least ...
Pork is central to China’s culture and cuisine. It’s also under dire threat from swine fever. Here’s how lab-grown meat could rescue this iconic food

Pork is central to China’s culture and cuisine. It’s also under dire threat from swine fever. Here’s how lab-grown meat could rescue this iconic food

Isaac Emery, Saloni Shah | 
Pork is big business in China, the only country in the world to have its own dedicated pork reserve. The ...
Recycling on steroids: Making new clothes out of spoiled milk

Recycling on steroids: Making new clothes out of spoiled milk

Àla Hausse | 
Did you know that 116 million tons of dairy products are wasted globally, with about half lost before even reaching ...
Is the FDA up to the task of reviewing the coming onslaught of lab-made cell-based meat and seafood?

Is the FDA up to the task of reviewing the coming onslaught of lab-made cell-based meat and seafood?

Tom Neltner | 
One of the most innovative food products expected to enter U.S. markets in coming years is cell-cultured meat and seafood ...
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