Isolating and culturing lobster and crayfish muscle
Northeastern University, United States
Who: Daniel Peterson, master’s student in biotechnology
When: 2019 – 2019
Institutes: Northeastern University, United States
Supervisors: Elizabeth Zulick, assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University
Daniel is investigating how to create and maintain cell lines for crustaceans. Looking specifically at lobsters and crayfish, he will isolate muscle cells and study how the cells grow in culture. Daniel will also look at the potential for using these cells to establish an immortalized crustacean cell line.
Within the field of cellular agriculture, little research attention has been given to crustaceans. However, due to their popularity as luxury food items and vulnerability to climate change, studying how to produce crustaceans through cell culture is important to make sure there’s enough to go around!