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Test-tube chicken to be ‘cultured’ in Israeli lab

Tel Aviv University, together with the Modern Agricultural Foundation, has launched a feasibility study on cultured chicken breast production.

The study will determine, among other things, how cultured meat, grown in a lab from animal stem cells, could be manufactured commercially, and examine the costs, technology, and potential problems involved.

Cultured meat production

Prof. Amit Gefen of TAU's Department of Biomedical Engineering, an expert in tissue engineering, is leading the study on cultured meat production.

Cultured meat is produced by placing stem cells in a growth culture (fetal bovine serum, for example, is extracted from cow uteruses and rich with energy substrates, amino acids, and inorganic salts that support cell metabolism and growth). The cells divide and grow, creating solid pieces of meat.

Sustainable model of food production

Prof. Amit Gefen:" With the growth in populations and projecting to the future, humanity needs to consider more sustainable models of food production, which will provide alternatives to the traditional ways by which we currently produce proteins from animal source for consumption. Tissue Engineering may offer such alternatives, which is what we will be exploring in this research project. We are targeting the development of a tissue-engineered chicken breast, which is a popular choice for a main course in many cultures and countries, to test feasibility of the concept and, in particular, to identify gaps in knowledge and challenges on the route to commercial production."

One year study

During the course of the project which will take one year, the challenges of production of cultured chicken breast meat will be mapped and potential solutions, along with the implications of their realization (methodology, time and cost), will be examined and described.

In 2013, scientists from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands unveiled the world's first lab-grown beef burger, serving it up fried to volunteers in London in what they hope would be the start of a food revolution. The 140g (about 5oz) patty, cost more than €250,000 euros to produce and was made using strands of meat grown from muscle cells taken from a living cow.

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10 comments

  • Dr. Atef Abou zeid

    Good step, need more informations about methods

  • Atul Jain

    Fascinating, waiting more information

  • Munir Ahmad Butt

    No doubt it is need of the time, but we will have to wait for its commercial marketing, or have to keep cost less than ordinary way of farming. Otherwise we have to wait for grain shortages in the world, which is being expected in 2030, or we have to manipulate the market for this product.

  • Bassey Ekong

    Amazing !!

  • ??? rassokie

    Attempt wonderful served humanity

  • Dr Waskar

    This is going to be milestone in the food production system. The challenges are there but will solve major problem of food scarcity especially in developing nations but should also be available. lets cross the fingers for the year as expected by TVU scientists. All the best !!!

  • ??? rassokie

    Consider a wonderful idea to succeed amid prohibitive costs and consumer desire and healthy gross laboratory

  • olajide ogundele

    The objective is unnecessary because there is enough food to meet the imagined growth in number of humans. Experts keep amplifying food insecurity, food insufficiency or scarcity yet producers are battling with poor sales and throwing away food stuffs. More unnatural production means additional layer to mounting inventories and the consequence is withdrawal by agro-preneurs. Thanks.

  • olajide ogundele

    The objective is unnecessary because there is enough food to meet the imagined growth in number of humans. Experts keep amplifying food insecurity, food insufficiency or scarcity yet producers are battling with poor sales and throwing away food stuffs. More unnatural production means additional layer to mounting inventories and the consequence is withdrawal by agro-preneurs. Thanks.

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