27 Apr '15, 9pm

It is now technically possible to grow a leather handbag in a lab:

It is now technically possible to grow a leather handbag in a lab:

It’s made by taking a biopsy from a cow, which is totally harmless, and replicating those cells endlessly — so in theory, you only need one cow. And it’s not just to replicate the leather, to mimic the leather as a fabric, but it’s to improve it — so there’s a point where you can actually super-engineer these materials to give them tunable properties … And of course when you’re tuning these materials yourself, there’s no hair to remove, there are no scars, no insect bites, no waste, because clearly you’re just growing what you need … You can also dial up or dial down, as I said, the softness, the breathability, the durability of the leather — you can even weave electronics through the piece. But most interesting to me is that you can actually grow this directly around a 3-D shape — you can grow a handbag without any seams. You can grow a car seat without any seams. You can...

Full article: http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/04/soon-well-be-able-to-grow...

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