John Hopkins College Studnents Alt Protein

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USDA’s First Cultivated Meat Center “NICA” Opens Applications for Research Grants

The first US government-funded center for cultivated meat, the USDA’s National Institute of Cellular Agriculture (NICA) at Tufts University, has announced the opening of applications for its Seed Grant Program 2024.  Seed-level funding grants of $25,000 or $50,000 will be awarded to support fundamental or applied research in cellular agriculture, precision fermentation, and alternative proteins. Only primary investigators not associated with NICA are eligible to submit proposals. The new projects …



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EU-Funded Program “FEASTS” Sets Out to Research Cultivated Meat and Seafood as Future Proteins

The Fostering European Cellular Agriculture for Sustainable Transition Solution (FEASTS), a newly established research program funded by the EU, has launched this January to work on a three-year project on cultivated meat and seafood.  The program aims to gather comprehensive, “unbiased” information and technological knowledge about cell-based meat to establish a framework for sustainable production and promote the technology as a future protein production method. FEASTS is a consortium of …


Tufts University Center for Cellular Agriculture (TUCCA) has launched what it claims is the world's first undergraduate degree in cellular agriculture.

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Researchers at Tufts University Want to Reduce the Production Costs of Cultivated Meat

Researchers at Tufts University have made bovine muscle cells produce their own growth signals, eliminating costly ingredients from the production process. Cellular agriculture, the production of meat from cells grown in bioreactors, is making technological leaps that make it a viable option for the food industry. One such leap has now been made at the Tufts University Center for Cellular Agriculture (TUCCA), led by David Kaplan, Stern Family Professor of …