Soylent Gelatin? It's Made of People

Shutterstock_8749324 According to a report in the Telegraph, there is apparently an "increasing interest from research and industrial circles" in creating gelatin made from human DNA. In fact, scientists at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology have successfully inserted a human gene in a strain of yeast to "grow" large amounts of recombinant (genetically engineered) human gelatin.

An article on the research in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry indicated that human-derived gelatin "could become a substitute for some of the 300,000 tons of animal-based gelatin produced annually for desserts, marshmallows, candy and innumerable other products." Yum!

As creepy as this development may sound, human-derived gelatin is already used by the pharmaceutical industry to produce some some drugs and vaccines.

The Beijing University scientists argue that their method offers many health advantages over animal-derived gelatin, which, for example, can cause allergic reactions in vaccines. In addition, with the use of human-derived gelatin, the risk of gelatin transmitting animal-borne diseases would be eliminated.

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