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Medical News & Perspectives
October 2, 2018

Cardiologist Trades Stem Cells for Cell-Based Meat

JAMA. 2018;320(13):1303-1306. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.11895

When Uma Valeti, MD, explains why he veered from cardiology to biotech entrepreneurship, he turns to the words of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. In a 1931 magazine essay about scientific progress, Churchill made what must have seemed a bold prediction about future food production.

“We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium,” the British statesman wrote.