To demonstrate the potential for creating food that is “totally different” from what is currently available, the Dutch startup Vow developed a meatball from lab-grown mammoth meat using genetic information from the long-extinct creature and filling in missing sequences with data from the African elephant.
Dutch startup Vow has created a meatball made from lab-grown mammoth meat, using genetic information from the long-extinct creature and filling in missing sequences with data from the African elephant. The mammoth genes were inserted into a sheep cell and overexpressed to make them more prevalent than the sheep genes in the final product. No one has tasted the meatball, as Vow plans to subject it to rigorous testing. While Vow is not vouching for the safety of mammoth meat, the company chose to make it to show the potential for creating “totally different” food from what is currently available. Vow is one of over 75 companies worldwide working on lab-grown meat products.