"If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction."
Very early example of the idea of vat-grown meat.
This seems to have been inspired (just my guess, mind you) by "Mrs. 'Awkins" from Heinlein's 1941 story Methuselah's Children. Lazarus found her servicing the deathless tissue of chicken heart known to the laboratory crew as "Mrs. 'Awkins." Mrs. 'Awkins was older than any member of the Families save possibly Lazarus himself; she was a growing piece of the original tissue obtained by the Families from the Rockefeller Institute in the twentieth century, and the tissues had been alive since early in the twentieth century even then. Dr. Hardy and his predecessors had kept their bit of it alive for more than two centuries now, using the Carrel-Lindbergh-O'Shaug techniques and still Mrs. 'Awkins flourished. However, the chicken was not used for food; so it really doesn't count as "vat-grown food." Take a look at Frank Herbert's pseudoflesh for another example of a vat-grown meat that is not food.
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