Engineering the animal out of animal products

Amber Dance reports on a new wave of domestication—turning cells, rather than animals, into food.

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Figure 1: Estimated environmental impacts of producing 1000 kg of cultured meat.


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Dance, A. Engineering the animal out of animal products. Nat Biotechnol 35, 704–707 (2017).

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