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

Damien Sullivan phoenix at mindstalk.net
Sun Sep 26 03:07:43 BST 2021


On Sat, Sep 25, 2021 at 08:17:55PM +0000, Joel Polowin wrote:
> Robert Woodward <Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net> wrote:
> > 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_).
> 
> You may be correct in that, but growing/cloning organs _in vitro_ is
> going to be an increasing priority as our population ages.  A lot of
> people want new hearts, kidneys, pancreases, etc.  We could use some
> tooth buds here.

Thing is, you'd be willing to pay far more for a new organ than you
would for a steak.  And you'd need far less of them.  $1000/lb for a new
heart is a pretty good deal.  $1000/lb for chicken heart meat is a
terrible deal.


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