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A novel approach for in vitro meat production


The present review describes the possibility of in vitro meat production with the help of advanced co-culturing methods. In vitro meat production method could be a possible alternative for the conventional meat production. Originally, the research on in vitro meat production was initiated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for space voyages. The required key qualities for accepting in vitro meat for consumption would be good efficiency ratio, increased protein synthesis rate in skeletal muscles, and mimicking the conventional meat qualities. In vitro culturing of meat is possible with the use of skeletal muscle tissue engineering, stem cell, cell co-culture, and tissue culture methods. Co-culture of myoblast and fibroblast is believed as one of the major techniques for in vitro meat production. In our lab, we have co-cultured myoblast and fibroblast. We believe that a billion pounds of in vitro meat could be produced from one animal for consumption. However, we require a great deal of research on in vitro meat production.

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This study was supported by the KU-Smart Professor Program, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea.

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Pandurangan, M., Kim, D.H. A novel approach for in vitro meat production. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 99, 5391–5395 (2015).

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  • Meat
  • In vitro
  • Stem cells
  • Co-culture