Billionaires Bill Gates and Steve Branson have joined Cargill [one of the largest agricultural companies in the world] in investing in Memphis Meats, which has been working to bring accessible, ethical and cruelty free meat to the market. Memphis Meats has successfully grown beef, chicken and duck meat from the animals’ stem cells, providing the same taste and nutrition without any harm to animals. By programming the cells to become muscle tissue, the company has been able to create lab-grown meat with all the biological components of real meat. The cultured meat is said to look and taste exactly like the real deal, but could be even more salubrious for consumption, given that it bypasses the hormones and the unhealthy diets that livestock is often fed.
Dr. Leo Behie, of the University of Calgary, in collaboration with Dr. António Salgado and Dr. Nuno Sousa of Portugal, has developed a novel stem cell based method to treat Parkinson’s disease. The new strategy utilizes autologous [the patient’s own] mesenchymal stem cells [MSCs] thereby eliminating the need for a donor and immunosuppressant drugs that compromise the body’s immune system.