- Cell culture media
- Cell line development
While fat is widely acknowledged as a key contributor to the flavor of meat, it may not be straightforward to recapitulate meat’s fat profile in culture. In animals, many lipids are absorbed from the diet rather than synthesized, and lipid synthesis often occurs in other organs such as the liver for subsequent transport to fat tissue. Research is required to determine which lipids muscle and fat cells are actually capable of producing—and from which precursors—with high efficiency, and which lipids they are able to absorb directly from the cell culture media. This will be especially valuable for desirable fats like EPA and DHA in cultivated seafood.
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Learn about Dr. Ricardo San Martin’s research incorporating oleogels into plant-based meat at University of California, Berkeley.
Learn about Dr. Connon and Dr. Gouveia’s work at Newcastle University, UK to formulate growth media for cultivated meat with macromolecular crowding.
Learn about Dr. David Block’s work to perfect growth media for cultivated chicken at University of California, Davis.
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