13 Insane Applications of In Vitro Meat
See-Through Sushi, Anyone?
If the idea of eating lab-grown meat freaks you out, don’t worry. We’re still decades away from in vitro meat being anywhere close to a consumer product. But you have to admit: It’s pretty fascinating to think about what’s possible. If we can grow a hamburger, who’s to say someday we can’t grow a porterhouse steak? Or a kabob? Or something even weirder like knitted meat?
To Koert van Mensvoort, the possibilities are endless. Van Mensvoort is the head of the Next Nature Lab at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, a group of researchers, writers and creatives who look at how technology and nature influence each other. This collective, along with van Mensvoort’s students at Eindhoven University, have created the In Vitro Meat Cookbook, a collection of more than 50 recipes that explore what the future of meat might be like in the coming decades.
In Vitro Me is a personal bioreactor that's worn as a pendant. Over the course of several months, In Vitro Me will use your blood supply and bodily warmth to grow a medallion of meat cultured from your own muscle cells. Image: Next Nature Lab
Celebrity Cubes are grown from the stem cells of today's biggest stars. Image: Next Nature Lab