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BY GEORGINA GUSTIN
In vitro meat. Test tube meat. Lab meat.
Regardless of its handle,
artificial meat has some real meat farmers pretty fired up.
a researcher paid by the animal rights group PETA hung his lab coat in the
University of Missouri's Division of Animal Sciences -- bringing his goal of
creating cultured meat right to the middle of Midwestern hog land.
Nicholas Genovese, a researcher formerly at the Medical University of South
Carolina, began his stint as a visiting scholar Wednesday, working in the
lab of R. Michael Roberts, a pre-eminent reproductive biologist who works
with stem cells and livestock.
But Genovese's presence has triggered
a flare of alarm from Missouri hog producers who aren't happy that a
PETA-financed researcher is now working at the state's flagship public
Artificial or cultured meat, not to be confused with
imitation meat, is made in a lab from animal tissue -- and, in theory, could
mean fewer actual animals on the farm one day. Researchers have successfully
created meat, but not in a commercially viable way --yet.
"Let me tell
you," said Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, "my farmer
friends are exercised."