What if it was possible to make cow's milk cheese without using a single gram of cow's milk? A do-it-yourself vegan product, which does not exploit animals but at the same time is identical in characteristics to that produced using milk. A company on the edge of science fiction, which we talked about last year and which is working a series of "bio-hackers" of the Counter Culture Labs in Oakland, California. But now the artificially created cheese could not only mimic the proteins of cow's milk but also of human milk. Human vegan cheeses?
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What if it were possible to produce cheese Vaccine without using a single gram of cow's milk? A do-it-yourself vegan product, which does not exploit animals but at the same time is identical in characteristics to that produced using milk. An enterprise on the edge of science fiction, we talked about last year and which is working a series of "bio-hackers" of Counter Culture Labs in Oakland, California.
But now the artificially created cheese could not only mimic the proteins of cow's milk but also of human milk. Human vegan cheeses at the basis of the diet of the future?
I vegan cheeses they have existed for some time but use raw materials other than cow, sheep or goat milk, such as rice or soy. However, the creation of the team of scientists would be different because such food would have the same proteins found in cow's milk and human milk but… without using a single drop.
The same basic process for the synthesis of cow's milk would therefore apply to the milk of any other mammal. It just needs more genes. It could also be the alternative for people with allergies to non-human dairy products, according to the team. A product totally created in the laboratory.
How? Bio-hackers, in fact, deceive them brewer's yeast cells, prompting them to produce a substance that is molecularly identical to cow's milk. It is no coincidence that their product is called Real Vegan Cheese.
A branch that the group has currently set aside, due to concerns about possible autoimmune reactions raised by the Food and Drug Administration
Ditching cheese is one of the hardest sacrifices vegans face, supports one of the members of the group, Benjamin Rupert, chemist by profession and vegan for ten years: "What we are doing is identical to animal protein".
It may seem strange, perhaps even unlikely and with questionable ethical implications. But it's all true. Science has now reached the knowledge and skills to allow DNA to be "hacked" in a simple and not too expensive way. Suffice it to say that until a few years ago, the sequencing of the human genome cost billions of euros. Now, a few thousand are enough. Starting from this assumption, we can imagine the scientists intent on writing, letter by letter, the genetic code until obtaining the desired result. The cost for each letter, ie for a couple of nitrogenous bases, translating it into scientific terms, is less than 25 cents.
However, even if the aims of the project are undoubtedly laudable (to avoid sacrificing animal lives or avoiding their exploitation), it certainly cannot be denied that the modalities are questionable. We are getting closer and closer to a world where the gap between natural and artificial is thin, where even amateurs can play with life in the kitchen to produce food starting almost from scratch.
Their idea, last year, also landed on Indiegogo hunting for funds to demonstrate the feasibility of producing the Real Vegan Cheese from brewer's yeast.
But there will be a long way to get it to store shelves. Judge for yourself if by luck or unfortunately.
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