Friday, June 14, 2013

Some Things to Ponder

There's company that grows animal tissue and produces leather.  It apparently has the look and feel of the real thing, except it was grown in the lab.  The company has it's eye on the $63 billion a year leather products biz.   Oh, they are also looking at growing meat.

Here's a piece on the company--Cattle Ranch In A Petri Dish

Hmm, will vegetarians take to "fake" meat?  It is real or it it faux, only your butcher knows.  Will PETA welcome this?  Will consumers see rare leathers showing up in Walmart at discount prices?  What will then define rare?  Damn, will Costco will be selling tons of Peacock tongues?  How will this kind of "synthetic" stuff, if it works and booms, affect how we define our world?  Imagine Kobe beef being grown for $3 a pound by McDonald's.  How will we define real?   Weird stuff.

While I'm at it, here's another bit of bio-tech.  How about aerosolized DNA used as a tracer in banks or other places.  We all know about the exploding money that spray blue ink on robbers.  Okay hit 'em with the DNA spray...

Innovation: DNA Fog by Applied DNA Sciences and SmokeCloak

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