[LMB] Sorry, Cordelia! Here, have a real steak.

Robert Woodward Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net
Sat Sep 25 18:22:58 BST 2021


On Sep 25, 2021, at 4:44 AM, Pat Mathews <MATHEWS55 at msn.com> wrote:
> 
> https://thecounter.org/lab-grown-cultivated-meat-cost-at-scale/
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> Title: “Lab-grown meat is supposed to be inevitable. The science tells a different story.”
> 
> Humbird likened the process of researching the report to encountering an impenetrable “Wall of No”—his term for the barriers in thermodynamics, cell metabolism, bioreactor design, ingredient costs, facility construction, and other factors that will need to be overcome before cultivated protein can be produced cheaply enough to displace traditional meat.
> 
> “And it’s a fractal no,” he told me. “You see the big no, but every big no is made up of a hundred little nos.”


Clarke’s First Law comes to mind (though Asimov did have a contrasting comment). I suspect that decent vat meat won’t appear until they have mastered the process of growing new organs at will (e.g., Aral’s new heart in _Mirror Dance_).


"We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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