Scientists are conducting tests to discover whether they can produce meat in zero gravity on the International Space Station (ISS).
The goal is to determine whether they can develop a food supply for future humanity who wish to establish colonies on the moon or other planets.
After the European Space Agency (ESA) launched a study to investigate the feasibility of producing cultured meat from space, Evening Standard said Aleph Farms devised a lab-grown meat experiment.
According to Republic World, experts will evaluate alternative protein synthesis methods and submit early concepts for growing meat on extended space trips.
This type of study will almost certainly boost the efficiency of grown meat production on the planet.
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The SpaceX Dragon crew, which recently flew on April 8, brought “Lab-on-a-Chip” equipment to the ISS and attached it to the station’s power and monitoring systems, monitored by researchers on Earth.
Vegconomist said Lab-on-a-Chip is a microfluidic device created in collaboration with SpacePharma that transports live cells in a nutrient-rich growing medium.
Through this experiment, Aleph researchers seek to learn how microgravity affects the proliferation and differentiation of bovine cells utilized in its produced steak.
“Understanding processes in such an extreme environment, like space, will allow us to eventually develop an automated, closed-loop system that can produce steaks during long-term space missions,” Aleph Farms said in a statement.
“Similarly to car manufacturers and Formula One, in space we are developing the most efficient processes under the toughest environments,” the company added.
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Growing meat from cells – especially at scale – is challenging even on Earth. Aleph Farms is one of some firms attempting to manufacture “cultured meat,” but it is the first to do it in space.
BBC News said Aleph Farm, an Israeli business specializing in producing meat from cells on Earth, prefers not to use the phrase “lab-grown” beef. Yet this procedure does not like that of a regular farm.
A cow’s (or any animal’s) cells are provided the nutrients they require to thrive, such as amino acids and carbs. The cells grow until muscular tissue develops, turning it into edible meat. The process is called “cultivation” or “proliferation.”
The meat is raised in tanks that resemble those found in a brewery rather than a farm. The whole life cycle of a meat-producing animal is skipped, including birth, life, and killing.
The procedure, according to proponents, has potentially favorable environmental effects, such as dramatically lowering methane emissions.