Stem cell fast food: Nightmare or savior?

In Popular Science, here’s a fascinating article about meat grown on factory racks for human consumption.

Think of it as Spam for the 21st century.

According to the article, a small batch of stem cells can be used to grow large sheets of pork. Scientists add vitamins, fatty acids, and flavors to the meat, which could one day be processed into food products.

Currently costing around $100,000 per kilogram, a choice cut of lab meat makes Kobe beef seem like a bargain. But meat-processing companies hope to start selling affordable factory-grown pork within 10 years.

Ah, ya want fries with that?

2/7/07 09:36 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.