Imagine eating meat which is completely natural. Now, it will be possible to savour your taste buds relishing your favorite non-vegetarian platter without slaughtering animals, as a team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati (IIT-G) have developed a lab-grown tissue-engineered meat which is equally tasty as the raw meat.
The team led by Biman B Mandal, an associate professor in the department of biosciences and bioengineering in IIT-G have developed this technique of producing meat naturally.
“The taste of the final meat product won’t be compromised and it is a step towards having cruelty-free food in the market. During the production of this meat, we have made sure that they are made naturally so that there are no side effects after its consumption.” said Mandal while speaking with TIME8.
Sharing the concept and method of the lab-grown meat, Mandal further added, “Compared to farm-grown animals, we are making meat in the lab. So, the whole concept behind this idea is to save animals. What we do here is that, we take a portion of the biological cells from the tissue of animals and with the help of tissue engineering we multiply the cells into a volume where we can produce meat.”
He also mentioned that with naturally produced meat, there can be variations in terms of taste as people are ready to explore new things. “The demand for lab-grown meat in foreign markets is more for its nutritional properties. In the near future demand will increase in the Indian market as it will mimic natural meat in terms of taste, appearance, nutritive values and most importantly it will prevent slaughtering of animals,” he added.
The product can be printed in various shapes and sizes in a 3D bioprinter with all the edible components and it can be preserved for future use.
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