Friday, August 17, 2012

PayPal Founder Backs Synthetic Meat Printing Company

Wired reports: [edited]

Modern Meadow is a Missouri-based startup that believes 3-D printing could help to take some of the environmental cost out of producing a hamburger. He said: “If you look at the resource intensity of everything that goes into a hamburger, it is an environmental train wreck.”

The company claims that by carefully layering mixtures of cells of different types in a specific structure, in-vitro meat production becomes feasible. It’s set a short-term goal of printing a sliver of meat around two centimeters by one centimeter, and less than half a millimeter thick, which is edible.

To help the company achieve this aim, billionaire Peter Thiel has given it a grant of between £160,000 and £220,000, through the Thiel Foundation’s “Breakout Labs”.

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