Scientists have recreated mammoth meatballs. But they are afraid to eat it: ‘It can be deadly’
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An Australian company artificial meatthe vowI created meat balls Mammoth. Scientists, starting by sequencing the DNA of an extinct animal 10,000 years ago, were able to reproduce its meat in the laboratory, and then make a meatball. A strange idea, but in fact it has a higher purpose: to show the world the potential of artificial meat as an alternative to animal slaughter, but also to intensive large-scale breeding, which also affects global warming. And the selection of mammoths is not accidental: in fact, it is believed that the animal became extinct precisely because of human hunting and warming after the last ice age.
Cricket flour and grubs (but not only), here are giant meatballs: the meat of prehistoric animals recreated in the laboratory thanks to DNA
Scientists have recreated mammoth meatballs
But how do these giant meatballs taste? Surprisingly, no one knows. Scientists believe that, despite their conviction that they are delicious, they can be harmful to health, if not deadly. “We haven’t seen this protein for thousands of years,” explained the professor Ernst Wolfitang From the Australian Institute of Bioengineering in an interview with The Guardian – so we have no idea how our immune system will react when we eat it.”
Mammoth meat was “resurrected” from a protein in the animal’s DNA, filling in the gaps using the genetic material of the elephant (the closest living animal). The sequence was inserted into sheep myoblast stem cells, which multiply to grow into 20 billion cells, which the company later used to grow mammoth meat.
With this provocation, scientists want to prove that artificial meat (also called cultured meat) has a lower environmental impact than cultured meat. “We chose the woolly mammoth because it is a symbol of loss of diversity and a symbol of climate change,” he said. Tim Noakesmithco-founder of Vow.
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