My interest in CBS’s Amazing Race started to wane when PETA pal Mike White and his dad were bumped from the show.
Well, the announcement that scientists in Holland have created a sort of pork in a petri dish means a different kind of amazing race is on—one that can save tens of millions of animals every year. As you may recall, PETA announced earlier this year that we’ll pay $1 million to the first team of scientists who could create test-tube chicken flesh that looks and tastes like the “real deal” by June 30, 2012.
The Dutch scientists definitely have their work cut out for them if they’re to grab PETA’s reward money. The article says their “meat” is presently a gooey blob that “requires exercise, like human muscles, to turn it into a tougher steak-like consistency” and that they expect to have laboratory meat within five years. It doesn’t sound appetizing—yet—and five years is a little after our contest deadline, but we’re hopeful that they’ll work out the kinks and apply their findings to create in vitro chicken flesh for public consumption in time to win the prize.
Written by Karin Bennett