I’ve meant to link to these for a while, but keep missing them. Here’s this week’s list of new/newfound SF/F from Sarah Hoyt’s blog: Promo Is
Maastricht University has developed “cultured beef,” which is created by harvesting muscle cells from a living cow.
As these cells are nurtured, they multiply to create muscle tissue, which is the main component of meat. Biologically, this tissue is exactly the same as one that comes from a cow, explained Mark Post, chair of physiology and team lead of the Cultured Beef project at the university.
Automate the process and package it into a robust “reactor” (our characters call them “meat vats”) on the scale of a dishwasher or smaller, and you have a source of meat for even small/early space settlements, one that requires neither live animals and their accompanying infrastructure nor expensive shipment from Earth.