21 Sep '12, 8am

Lab-Grown Leather: Cool or Creepy?

Lab-Grown Leather: Cool or Creepy?

Last month it was disclosed that PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel’s foundation would be funding Missouri-based startup Modern Meadow ’s efforts to produce in vitro meat and leather. Meat grown in a lab may be one of the creepier sci-fi themes about to come to life . Although the environmental advantages are undeniable, it’s just too conceptually whacko – bringing to fruition something dead that mimics something once alive? And to eat, no less? Has the human species jumped the shark? But what about growing leather in the lab? From wax cloth to Naugahyde to pleather to leatherette, we’ve been making ersatz leather textiles for ages. Engineering actual tissue looks to be the next oddly logical step; real(ish) leather without harm to animals and less environmental impact during the tanning process. Modern Meadow cofounder and CEO, Andras Forgacs, spoke to Txchnologist , about what...

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