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Special Issue "Current Advances in Cellular Agriculture"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ricardo M. Gouveia
Guest Editor
Biosciences Institute, Newcastle University, UK
Interests: tissue engineering; cell-surface interactions; bio-fabrication; cultured meat; 3D bio-printing; mechanotransduction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cellular agriculture is a new field of biotechnology focused on the development of animal products from cells rather than animals. This includes (but is not limited to) food produce such as meat, milk, and eggs, as well as non-food products like leather, horn, and fur. The science underpinning cellular agriculture derives from numerous research areas, with tissue & bioprocess engineering, synthetic biology, and materials science being the most relevant. Indeed, its feasibility is supported by relatively recent scientific and technological advances in these areas, particularly aiming the development of new biotherapeutics, biopharmaceutics, and bioartificial transplants. The rapid growth of cellular agriculture has also been driven by the increased perception of mounting impacts from intensive animal farming, namely on human health, animal welfare, and the environment. However, and despite considerable investment in industries of the field, there is at present a recognised gap in fundamental and methodological knowledge that risks halting or delaying its further expansion. This is in part a legacy issue – as previous studies focused on understanding mechanisms of disease and develop appropriate therapeutic solutions, fewer limitations in terms of product price and consumer acceptance were considered.

This special issue therefore aims at addressing this gap. We welcome articles with a strong focus on cell and stem cell biology, microbiology, molecular and synthetic biology, and biochemical/metabolic engineering, as well as other intersecting topics related with promoting the advancement of cellular agriculture.

Dr. Ricardo M. Gouveia
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Cellular agriculture
  • Cellular/cultured meat
  • Milk equivalents
  • Egg equivalents
  • Alternative protein sources
  • Alternative fat sources
  • Muscle tissue engineering
  • Adipose tissue engineering
  • Animal cell isolation
  • Stem cell proliferation
  • Edible scaffolds
  • Bioreactors
  • Bio-manufacture
  • Tissue templating
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Antioxidants
  • Serum-free media
  • Antibiotic use reduction
  • Design of experiments

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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