Meat in space: Crew 3D prints syn­thetic beef on space sta­tion

Lodi News-Sentinel - - BUSINESS - By Richard Tri­bou

A com­pany that is pi­o­neer­ing the growth of syn­thetic beef worked with a Rus­sian 3D print­ing com­pany and the Rus­sian crew on board the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion to grow meat in space.

Aleph Farms is an Is­raeli com­pany that is work­ing with 3D Bio­print­ing So­lu­tions in the ef­fort to re­duce the need to kill ac­tual an­i­mals to pro­duce the world’s pro­tein needs. As part of that ef­fort, they teamed up with crew on the space sta­tion to suc­cess­fully grow beef cells 248 miles above the near­est cow pas­ture.

The 3D print­ing com­pany is also work­ing with com­pa­nies Meal Source Tech­nolo­gies, which is fo­cus­ing on syn­thetic rab­bit, and Fin­less Foods, which is fo­cus­ing on syn­thetic fish, all of which may some day be used to help feed space-far­ing trav­el­ers in need of pro­tein as well as feed the pro­jected 10 bil­lion peo­ple on Earth.

Aleph Farms though, which uses a cel­lu­lar process that mim­ics a cow’s nat­u­ral process of re­gen­er­at­ing mus­cle tis­sue, was the first in­volved in an ex­per­i­ment in mi­cro­grav­ity on board the Rus­sian seg­ment of the ISS on Sept. 26.

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