Atal Incubation Centre-CCMB in collaboration with Humane Society International has released an Innovation Challenge regarding clean meat, which is meat grown by growing cells in the lab. The challenge involves writing a review on recommendations/ solutions for optimizing the use of technologies and tools to offer solutions to loopholes that currently prevent commercialization of clean meat. The selected paper would receive a prize of 5,00,000 upon being published.
Clean meat (also called cultured meat or cell-based meat) is animal meat grown by farming cells obtained from the animal directly rather than by raising and slaughtering animals. Clean meat is produced by taking a small sample of animal cells, and replicating them outside of the animal. The resulting product is biologically and nutritionally equivalent to conventionally produced meat, but without the antibiotics, E. coli, salmonella, or animal waste. At its essence, meat is simply a collection of cells—predominantly muscle cells, with fat cells and a handful of other cell types, collectively called the connective tissue, contributing to its structure. All of these cells can be grown in controlled, sterile environments outside of the body of an animal, resulting in a product that replicates the sensory and nutritional profile of meat.
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