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"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Animal-tissue Culture Vat  
  A means of producing artificial meat for food.  

Piper also calls it a "animal-tissue culture plant".

"You know, the main base off Niflheim is practically self-supporting, with hyproponic-gardens and animal-tissue culture vats..."
From Uller Uprising, by H. Beam Piper.
Published by Twayne Publishers in 1952
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Here's another quote:

"On this planet, there's not more than a three months' supply of any sort of food a human can eat. And the ships that'll be coming in until word of our plight can get to Terra won't bring enough to keep us going. We need the farms and livestock and the animal-tissue culture plant at Konkrook, and the farms at Krink and on the plateau back of Skilk, and we need peace and native labor to work them."

Compare to the synthetic food from Unto us a child is born by David H. Keller (1933), the carniculture plants from Four-Day Planet (1961) also by H. Beam Piper as well as ChickieNobs from Margaret Atwood's excellent 2003 novel Oryx and Crake.

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