Gelatin to be Made From Humans.
Gelatin, derived from boiled bones, skin, and hooves of pigs and cows, may someday be made from humans.
Gelatin is found in most gummy candies and is one of the main ingredients in Jell-O. It is commonly used in cooking because it is flavorless and easily turns liquids into solids. Scientist have found a way to revolutionize the gelatin industry by cutting out the use of pigs and cows and instead using yeast and human genes.
Their new ingenious method involves inserting human genes that produce collagen into yeast and “tuning” them to produce gelatin with a controlled consistency. This method would not only be able to be produced commercially with relative ease, it would bring more control to the consistency of the food product. Human derived gelatin would also lower the risk of spreading mad cow disease.
I’m not totally sure why scientists are going to all the trouble to combine yeast and human genes when gelatin alternatives already exist. Agar-agar is one of the most popular alternatives used in cooking and in laboratories. Made from crushed seaweed, Agar is even fairly easy to find in most grocery stores.
If you don’t want to hassle with plant-based alternatives then human gene splicing might be your cup of tea, unless you are uncomfortable with eating another human’s genes. My only question though, who’s gonna donate their genes for the Jell-O?