"Clean meat" approved for sale in Singapore

Singapore has approved the sale of a lab-grown meat product in an effort to secure its food supplies against disease and climate change.

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  • Singapore has become the first country to approve the sale of a lab-grown meat product.
  • Eat Just, the company behind the product, will have a small-scale commercial launch of its chicken bites.
  • So-called "clean meats" may reduce our reliance on livestock farming, which kills billions of animals worldwide every year.
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    DeepMind AI solves 50-year-old biology problem in breakthrough advance

    The Google-owned company developed a system that can reliably predict the 3D shapes of proteins.

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    • Scientists have long been puzzled by how specific chains of amino acids go on to form three-dimensional proteins.
    • DeepMind developed a system that's able to predict "protein folding" in a fraction of the time of human experiments, and with unprecedented accuracy.
    • The achievement could greatly improve drug research and development, as well as bioengineering pursuits.
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    Beyond Meat: Are you ready for lab-grown salmon?

    An overfished planet needs a better solution. Fortunately, it's coming.

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    • Cell-based fish companies are getting funding and making progress in offering a new wave of seafood.
    • Overfishing and rising ocean temperatures are destroying entire ecosystems.
    • The reality of cell-based fish is likely five to 10 years away.
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    3D bioprinting could manufacture donor organs. In space!

    Techshot's 3D BioFabrication Facility successfully printed human heart tissue aboard the International Space Station.

  • Bioprinting soft human tissues has always been a challenge for bioprinters.
  • Techshot's 3D BioFabrication Facility utilized the microgravity of space to successfully manufacture human heart tissues.
  • While complete-organ manufacturing remains years away, the technology provides a promising step toward easing wait lists and personalized medicine.
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    Chernobyl fungus could shield astronauts from cosmic radiation

    A recent study tested how well the fungi species Cladosporium sphaerospermum blocked cosmic radiation aboard the International Space Station.

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    • Radiation is one of the biggest threats to astronauts' safety during long-term missions.
    • C. sphaerospermum is known to thrive in high-radiation environments through a process called radiosynthesis.
    • The results of the study suggest that a thin layer of the fungus could serve as an effective shield against cosmic radiation for astronauts.
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