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Lego's unusual contribution to the development of laboratory meat

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Climate change with all its associated phenomena (global warming, melting ice caps, permafrost degradation ...) It is boosting bets by a sustainable food and alternative.

Several studies published over the last five years point to the meat as one of the major inefficiencies in human diets. That is why the search for substitutes is one of the action lines that are included in this race against seeking mitigate the adverse effects that cause climate change on our society.

With this goal in mind, cradle of EE technology. UU., Silicon Valley, hosts several initiatives substitutes for meat plant. One is the meat laboratory, muscle cell cultures that do without the animal to achieve the same result normally found in butcher shops.

Nevertheless, although the idea is clearly delineated, achieve the same characteristics organoleptic the original product is not a free issue of difficulties. Match the taste, smell and visual appearance are already outdated landmarks; Nevertheless, achieve an accurate texture is proving to be somewhat conflicted.

Weekly progress made in this field, but one of the most recent takes as inspiration a popular toy for children.

A team of scientists from the University of Alabama in collaboration with experts from Penn State just published in the prestigious scientific journal Food Hydrocolloids a method employing the famous building blocks to improve the texture of meat laboratory.

The problem is that, in conditions in vitro, muscle cells grow disorganized so that the end result is a lot more reminiscent of beef that a well-defined piece of meat.

For shaping a method known as scaffolding used, in which an external structure serves as a support and guide for cells to grow in an orderly. So far all structures used for this purpose are made of synthetic plastics, but this material is unsuitable for the production of food unfit for human consumption.

In this case it is needed Natural scaffolding that could be consumed if any residue on meat. The proposal researchers is potato starch and the study concluded that signed is that you can achieve a scaffold using potato starch as Lego block basis on starch molecules are electrodeposited.

The idea of ​​using Lego arises when looking for a material that does not lead electricity, it was modular and had high availability. The answer to those needs came from the hand of the famous Swedish brand of construction toys for children.

A) Yes, It remains for posterity Lego made a contribution in the development of laboratory meat for consumption by the general public. However, researchers have already anticipated that there will continue to use these elements because the objective now is to scale the production of potato starch scaffoldings, and there is no way to achieve this with Lego.

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