Summary

What do animal tissue and plant tissue have something in common? Veins. Jordan is taking advantage of this similarity by using leaves as a natural scaffold to grow meat in a lab. He does this first by removing the plant cells from the leaves through a process called decellularization. Once this is complete, the veiny leaf resembles the structure of blood vessels that feed cells within animal tissue. The bovine cells are then free to grow in place of the plant cells.

 

MHC stain of primary bovine satellite cells on decellularized spinach.

MHC stain of primary bovine 🐄🐮 satellite cells on decellularized spinach.

Decellularized iceberg lettuce scaffold for bovine (cow) cells.

Decellularized iceberg lettuce scaffold for bovine (cow) cells.

Jordan in the lab, holding a decellularized spinach leaf on which he will grow beef cells.

Jordan in the lab, holding a decellularized spinach leaf on which he will grow beef cells.