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Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter

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Aleph Farms' slaughter-free steak

Aleph Farms grows its "slaughter-free steak" from isolated natural beef cells.

Israel's Aleph Farms collaborated with Russian laboratory 3D Bioprinting Solutions and two U.S. firms on an International Space Station experiment, in which a three-dimensional (3D) bioprinter fabricated beef steak in space, using cells harvested from live animals.

Aleph Farms' Yoav Reisler says the experiment is a proof of concept, demonstrating that food can be produced free of local land and water resources. The company aims to combat food waste and supply nutritional resources to people in need, Reisler says.

The startup collects cells from live cows, then cultivates them in a lab for assembly into muscle tissue that's viable for human consumption, with the same taste and texture as farmed meat.

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