an australian start created a real mammoth meatball.
Last Tuesday, Wish Food introduces a giant meatball made from the flesh of the extinct woolly mammoth. The meatball was ceremonially unveiled at Nemo, a science museum in the Netherlands.
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“This is no April Fool’s joke,” said Tim Noakesmith, founder of Australian startup Vow. “It’s a real innovation.”
The meatball is made from sheep cells inserted with a mammoth gene called myoglobin, with a little African elephant mixed in for good measure.
Vow’s Chief Scientific Officer, James Ryall, said Reuters that the process of creating the mammoth meatball was “much like they do in the movie Jurassic Park”.
The only difference is that his lab did not create a real 13,200 pound animal.
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But don’t expect to throw the mammoth meatball on a plate of pasta anytime soon. It’s not for eating.
“We haven’t seen this protein for thousands of years,” said Ernst Wolvetang of the Australian Institute of Bioengineering at the University of Queensland, which helped create Mammoth Muscle Protein. “So we have no idea how our immune system will react when we eat it. But if we did it again, we could definitely do it in a way that would make it more palatable to regulators.”
The meatball’s big debut was more of a publicity stunt designed to showcase the potential of meat grown from cells without killing animals. Vow Foods also wanted to highlight the link between animal production and climate change.
“We wanted people to get excited about the future of food being different than what we potentially had before,” said Vow founder Tim Noakesmith. Associated Press. “That there are unique and better things than the meats we necessarily eat now, and we thought the mammoth would be a talking point and get people excited about this new future.”
Although Vow’s Mammoth Meatballs aren’t edible (at least not yet), most cell-based or “cultured meat” meats are intended for human consumption as an alternative to conventional animals and meat. vegetable.
Last year the FDA approved the meat made from cultured chicken cells.
And Vow experiments with more than 50 species, including buffalo, crocodile and kangaroo.
Vow’s first lab-grown meat to be sold to the public will be Japanese quail, according to The Guardian.