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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday February 18 2017, @05:23AM   Printer-friendly
from the the-other-white-meat dept.

Scientists from the University of Missouri, the University of Maryland and the Animal Bioscience and Biotechnology Laboratory, US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service have published an article in Nature outlining a method for "generating skeletal muscle efficiently from porcine induced pluripotent stem cells (piPSC) in vitro thereby providing a versatile platform for applications ranging from regenerative biology to the ex vivo cultivation of meat". The research used a porcine stem cell line to generate muscular tissue instead of cells taken directly from a pig:

"What the paper describes is research designed to generate muscle from a newly established pig stem-cell line, rather that from primary cells taken directly from a pig," co-author Dr. Nicholas Genovese, a stem-cell biologist (and vegetarian), told Digital Trends. "This entailed understanding the biology of relatively uncharacterized and recently-derived porcine induced pluripotent stem cell lines. What conditions support cell growth, survival and differentiation? These are all questions I had to figure out in the lab before the cells could be turned into muscle."

Also at GlobalMeatNews.

Enhanced Development of Skeletal Myotubes from Porcine Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (open, DOI: 10.1038/srep41833) (DX)

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  • (Score: 1) by anubi on Saturday February 18 2017, @08:55AM

    by anubi (2828) on Saturday February 18 2017, @08:55AM (#468531) Journal

    Once we develop the capacity to make muscle meat for food, this is going to branch off into how to make replacement tissues for replacing or augmenting our own failing tissues.

    I wonder how many people right now with muscular dystrophy would love to get ahold of some of this custom muscle meat?

    Quickly followed by thousands of people with failing kidneys, pancreas, livers, lungs, what-have-you.

    We sure live in interesting times.

    Here's hoping our determination, curiosity, intelligence, and ethics can overcome our greed.

    "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." [KJV: I Thessalonians 5:21]
  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 18 2017, @09:27AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 18 2017, @09:27AM (#468541)

    That is not the case. Do you notice that those in power rarely fall ill. They never have kidney failure, heart disease, lung-disese...

    These little problems were solved a long time ago, and there are medical treatments to permanently "fix" almost all medical issues. The ruling class do not die. They are taken out and sent to live on islands peacefully in order to propagate the myth that everyone has to die. They even got someone to popularize "Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes." Both of those are totally unnecessary.