Clean meat

Liz Specht

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    What is clean meat? And why is this field emerging now? Clean meat (also called cultured meat) is the term for genuine animal meat grown by farming cells directly rather than via rearing and slaughtering an animal. At its essence, meat is simply a collection of cells—predominantly muscle cells, with fat cells and a handful of other cell types, collectively called the connective tissue, contributing to its structure. All of these cells can be grown in controlled, sterile environments outsid…

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    About the Author

    Liz Specht, PhD, is the associate director of science & technology at The Good Food Institute, a nonprofit think tank that supports innovation in the alternative protein sector ([email protected]).