Giant meatball of extinct mammoth unveiled in Netherlands
A giant meatball made from flesh cultivated using the DNA of an extinct woolly mammoth was unveiled on Tuesday at Nemo, a science museum in the Netherlands.
The meatball was created by Australian cultured meat company Vow.
It was made of sheep cells inserted with a singular mammoth gene called myoglobin.
Since the mammoth’s DNA sequence obtained by Vow had a few gaps, African elephant DNA was inserted to complete it.
“When it comes to meat, myoglobin is responsible for the aroma, the color and the taste,” said James Ryall, Vow’s Chief Scientific Officer.
However, the meatballs aren’t intended for human consumption.
Vow promises this was not an April Fools joke – saying it wanted to get people talking about cultured meat, and calling it a more sustainable alternative to real meat.