The Idea for Lab-Grown Meat Was Born in a Prisoner-of-War Camp

September 25, 2017

(Quartz) – [William van Eelen] entered medical school in 1948. As Ira van Eelen recounts it, one day during her dad’s first year, he came across a group of researchers in the laboratory using stem cell technology to grow cells in a tank, hoping to create new skin for burn victims. His first-hand experience with starvation sent his mind immediately to one question: Can this be used for food?

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