Researchers of the Indian Insititute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) have a devised a way of producing tissue engineered meat which will pave a way for saving animals mostly killed for meat production.
The researchers of the biomaterial and tissue engineering laboratory of the institute have developed this new way of meat production by taking out different kinds of cells from animals through biopsies.
Cells like muscle progenitor cells, fat cells, cartilage cells or bone cells were then grown in different layers in a culture media that had been developed and patented in the laboratory.
Biman B Mandal, an associate professor of the department of bioscience and bioengineering in IIT Guwahati has said that the tissue engineered form of meat production can be manipulated to suit the demands of a customer.
He also said that in addition to adjusting the size of meat, the nutrient content of the meat can also be adjusted according to the needs of a customer.
Mandal also said that the tissue engineered meat production can yield hundred chickens from approximately one chicken.
He hoped that the new form of meat developed in the institute will attain high sales figures in both national and international markets.
Apart from a large number of animals being killed, water is also wasted in large quantities for livestock production so this kind of tissue engineered meat is indeed an excellent way of solving the problems faced during livestock production in addition to providing meat as per the needs and demands of a customer.