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Introduction to Synthetic Meats and Organs

"Fifty years hence, we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium." - Winston Churchill

Since the advent of tissue engineering, the desire to create lab-grown replacement organs accrued in order to fulfill the needs of transplant patients. When organs deteriorated due to disease or powerful drug treatment, this need arise but not always satisfied. In fact, over 100,000 patients are said to be on the recipient waiting list every year. Moreover, over 6,000 people die from the lack of a donor organ. Simply, there are enough donor organs to be given around and, for the remaining organs available, compatibility is a major issue. Therefore, in vitro organs would be proper solution because these organs can be grown tailored to each and every patient. Incidentally, the offshoot topic of in vitro meats received popular attention concomitantly with in vitro organs.

In Vitro organs are organs cultured outside the body. In vitro organs are also known as synthetic organs.

In Vitro meats are cultured muscle tissue with the purpose of replacing dietary meat. In Vitro meats are known as synthetic meats, test tube meat, tube steak, cultured meat, and shmeat.


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vegetarianism global warming

Public Reception

taste, opinions

Meat and Organ Production

New Aged Butcher Shop

Organ Hatchery


IGEM Take Home Message


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