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Lab Grown Meat

PostedJuly 23, 2006

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Randy Atkins:  Making meat without raising animals isn’t a new idea, but…
Jason Matheny:  It’s only recently, in the last decade, that the technology has caught up with the imagination.

Randy Atkins:  Jason Matheny, a University of Maryland grad student, says new tissue engineering techniques could turn a single animal cell into…

Jason Matheny:  …a very thin sheet of muscle, a meat sheet if you will.

Randy Atkins:  The cells would be grown in a nutrient broth and stretched.

Jason Matheny:  We’re mimicking those conditions that happen naturally inside an animal.

Randy Atkins:  Matheny says large-scale production is possible, but not yet practical.

Jason Matheny:  If you wanted to pay a thousand dollars for a burger right now you could get a ground meat.  

Randy Atkins:  I’ll wait.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

The promise is healthier meat that’s environmentally friendly.  More on that in next week’s report.  To find out more about this story, go to and click on “Innovative Engineering” under "Quick Links" at the very bottom of the page.