Israeli researchers grow cultured meat on soy protein scaffolds

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JERUSALEM, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Israeli researchers have successfully grown cultured meat on soy protein scaffolds, the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) in northern Israel reported Tuesday.

According to the Technion, the new technology is a breakthrough in the production of cultivated meat grown outside an animal's body.

In a study published in the journal Nature Food, Technion researchers, along with the Israeli foodtech startup company Aleph Pharms, succeeded in growing bovine tissue using soy protein as scaffolds.

Soy protein is an inexpensive byproduct obtained during the production of soy oil and is readily available and rich in protein. It has larger holes that transmit oxygen and nutrients essential for building muscle tissue.

According to the Technion, the research presents an innovative process for growing the cultured meat tissue in only three to four weeks that resembles the texture and taste of beef.

"This process is inspired by nature, meaning that the cells grow in a controlled setting similar to the way they would grow inside a cow's body," the researchers said.

There are several incentives for developing cultured meat like environmental damage caused by meat production industries, increased use of antibiotics that accelerate the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, ethical reservations about animal sufferings, and the intensive harming use of natural resources. Enditem

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