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We live in a Science Fiction world

I know we live in a SF world, okay? I’m aware that this is The Future and we are living in it and new, wildly futuristic technology is everywhere, but still, this headline, which appears to be real (?) makes me blink:

KFC will test lab-grown chicken nuggets made with a 3D bioprinter this fall in Russia

The chicken chain has partnered with 3D Bioprinting Solutions to create a chicken nugget made in a lab with chicken and plant cells using bioprinting. Bioprinting, which uses 3D-printing techniques to combine biological material, is used in medicine to create tissue and even organs.

The 3D-printed chicken nuggets will closely mimic the taste and appearance of KFC’s original chicken nuggets, according to the press release. KFC expects the production of 3D-printed nuggets to be more environmentally friendly than the production process of its traditional chicken nuggets. The fall release will mark the first debut of a lab-grown chicken nugget at a global fast-food chain like KFC.

It’s not April 1st. I guess this is true?

Seems like a short step from this to Star Trek food replicators.

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6 Comments We live in a Science Fiction world

  1. Allan Shampine

    Was watching Great British Bake-Off the other night and one contestant did a book cake. I thought it looked pretty good, but it was nothing compared to the ones shown here. As you say, many of these I’m just taking their word that these are cakes. Wow.

  2. Rachel

    Yep, but it was pretty easy to tell which blog post it was meant to go to!

    Also, sometimes I almost kinda wish I had cable, because I’d like to watch the British Bake Off!

  3. Hanneke

    I really hope they will get vat-grown chicken cells to fill that printer, not ground-up chicks.
    If that works, this might be a solution for much animal suffering.

  4. Rachel

    I think from my very brief glance at the article that they were using lab-grown chicken. And I agree, I’d like to see that happen, most particularly for chickens in fact, as high-volume chicken farming is pretty bad.

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