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On the Advent of Petri-Pisciculture...

uthors M.A. Benjaminson, J.A. Gilchriest, and M Lorenz are preparing a manuscript on research related to laboratory-grown fish meat to be published in an upcoming issue of Acta Astronautica, Elsevier Science Ltd. The abstract, “In Vitro Edible Muscle Protein Production System (MPPS): Stage 1, Fish,” can be read at <www.touro.–edushsspacefish.asp#abstract>.

The following press story brought this development to our attention.Mar. 21—WorldCatch News Network—Fish pieces have been grown in a laboratory for the first time by US scientists who used a growth factor to transform small chunks of fish flesh into larger portions.

The technique, which uses a nutrient-rich serum taken from the blood of unborn calves, could eventually allow meat and fish to be artificially grown in industrial quantities, reducing the need for the slaughter of animals.

The artificial fish has been produced by researchers at Touro College in New York as part of a NASA-funded project to find cheap and viable ways of growing nutritious food for long-distance space travel. (2000 WorldCatch, <wave.worldcatch.com>. Reprinted with permission.)


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