Scientist hold open lab Petri dish with raw meat

Astronaut grows beef in space

An Israeli food company named Aleph Farms announced on October 7 that its experiment carried out on the International Space Station resulted in the first-ever lab-grown meat in space. The company focuses on growing cultivated beef steaks or growing an entire piece of real, edible meat from nothing but just a couple of cells. with the help of a Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions and two U.S.-based food companies.
for those of us who don’t know what the term “bioprinting” is, Bioprinting is a process in which biomaterials, like animal cells, are mixed with growth factors and the material “bio-ink,” and “printed” into a layered structure. In this case, the resulting structure is a piece of muscle tissue.
On Sept. 26, a team established a proof of concept when the astronauts performing the test were able to produce a small piece of cow muscle tissue on the space station. The experiment took place inside of a 3D bioprinter developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions.
Aleph’s growth technique replicates cows’ muscle tissue regeneration process, just in artificial conditions, the only big change for it is the faster maturation since you can print from all sides at once instead of coping with the limitations of gravity.
Didier Toubia, Co-Founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, told space.com “This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come while preserving our natural resources.”
It’s far from ready for mass production. However, Aleph’s Yoav Reisler said that the company planned to build on the experiment and make synthetic beef steaks available on terra firma using large-scale “bio-farms.”