Roll-your-own new bones

No blood for coffee

While I’m in gross-out mode — as per my entry below — I seem to have found a new area of science that’s even more stomach-churning: A bunch of Russian scientists have engineered a method to turn blood into many ordinary foodstuffs. I’m not making this up, unless the “MosNews” news service is:

Voronezh scientists noticed that every meat packing plant wastes about 7 tons of blood daily. So they worked on a solution for utilizing it. They have already released test foods that do not differ in taste from traditional foods they imitate, the academy told Interfax.

The academy’s administration also noted that the foods created by Voronezh scientists contain unique blood proteins that are metabolized by the human body twice as fast as egg proteins, Interfax writes.


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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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