Understand animal and cellular efficiency, yield, and input
Because cultivated meat replicates the fundamental biology of the source animal, animal-level data may be informative for predicting cellular behavior in culture.
- Cell culture media
- Cell line development
The animal agriculture industry has data on feed efficiency, growth rates, and nutritional requirements across breeds and species. Because cultivated meat replicates the fundamental biology of the source animal, animal-level data may be informative for predicting cellular behavior in culture. This question can first be addressed at a theoretical level by considering which mechanisms are likely to operate similarly or differently in culture. Gathering experimental data on cellular behavior across several exemplar species and breeds may allow for correlations between animal-level data and culture parameters.
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Growth factors from conditioned cell culture media
Rather than relying on recombinant growth factors, cultivated meat companies could use conditioned media from animal cells producing high levels of these molecules.
Open-access formulations & optimization methods for cell culture media and growth factor cocktails
The availability of more open-access formulations will provide a foundation to enable both academic researchers and startup companies to develop their own customized formulations with far less effort and cost.
Building interdisciplinary university research centers of excellence
Interdisciplinary research is essential for tackling many of the complex problems facing today’s world. Though the number of research projects advancing alternative protein science has increased in recent years, this…
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