Key Takeaway: Insect tissue could be an advantageous alternative to mammalian tissue for biotechnology, medicine, and cultured meat.
Research Topics: cell
Natalie R. Rubio et al. consider the technological progress of biofabricated insect tissue, as well as possible uses for the product. They suggest insect tissue as being advantageous to mammalian tissue for its low price point, growth under ambient conditions, and long-term survival without the addition of nutrients. Current insect cell culture protocols and insect tissue physiology for several species of insects are discussed. Rubio et al. argue that with improvement of invertebrate cell culture protocols and design of bioreactors for large-scale insect tissue culture, insect tissue could be a promising commercial source of cultured meat, bioactuation devices, and ingestible vaccines.