Gaudette, Glenn R.
Animal agriculture involves significant land and water usage, and is a leading contributor of global greenhouse gas emissions. Lab-grown meat has been investigated as an alternative to conventional meat production. Despite recent advancements in lab-grown meat, perfusable scaffolding remains an issue when trying to develop structured meat. This project aimed to develop an environmentally conscious, lean, structured meat product using decellularized plant leaf scaffold technology. Experimental results showed that isolated bovine muscle cells successfully adhered to each of the chosen decellularized plant leaf scaffolds. The adhered cells exhibited alignment, proliferation, confluence, viability, and differentiation into myocytes without the use of adherent protein coatings.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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