We have discussed in vitro meat several times at this site, mainly as an animal-friendly and suitable supply of meat for space settlers. The idea of in vitro meat is simple: take some muscle cells from an animal and put that in lab culture. Andras Forgacs has realized that you do the same thing with … Continue reading In vitro leather
Last month Dutch scientist Mark Post presented the first hamburger made from cultured meat. Today we received the news that the Dutch blood bank group Sanquin, is doing research to produce red blood cells in vitro, also known as erythrocytes. Just as is the case with in vitro meat induced pluripotent stem cells are used. … Continue reading In vitro blood?
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In August, the first lab-grown beefburger was cooked and tasted in London. The verdict? “[It tasted] like an animal protein cake, said Josh Schonwald, author of The Taste of Tomorrow and one of the “lucky” few to taste the $330,000 morsel of petri dish meat. The future of slaughter-less meat is not far off.…
Japanese scientist have created bioengineered skin that is almost as real as skin can get. This skin contains hair, glands and even nerves. The researchers mention two practical applications of their invention: better treatment of burn victims and as an alternative for animal testing.
Some might be surprised to learn that an organization devoted to space colonization is dedicated to the cause of animal welfare. But those people overlook the fact that space colonization is for us not an end on itself, but rather a mean towards the end of creating a new society based on humanist values.
There are numerous objections to in vitro meat, both from animal welfare activists and from the meat industry. Most these objections are the result of misconceptions and can be easily refuted by providing correct information. However, some objections are of a more philosophical nature, and are hence harder to refute.
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Humanism is about behaving like the best of civilised, thoughtful, responsible, considerate moral agents. We talk about being humane towards animals; that is, acting with the consideration and kindness that arise from conscious interest in their welfare. A. C. Grayling in The God Argument p. 196. As a humanist organization, Republic of Lagrangia puts great importance … Continue reading Animal welfare
Those who think that Republic of Lagrangia is a space blog, might wonder why we didn’t pay attention to last week’s news that Voyager 1 has definitely left our Solar System. But those make a mistake: namely that we are a space blog. Only the fact is that Republic of Lagrangia is not a space … Continue reading Republic of Lagrangia and the Voyager