US startup releases lab-grown leather

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Five years in development, Modern Meadow recently debuted its lab-grown animal-free leather materials at the 'Items: Is Fashion Modern?' exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York – which runs until January 28th 2018. The technology behind the ZOA leather material is based around DNA editing, as the biological component of leather isn't actually animal skin but rather the protein collagen. Modern Meadow starts with a naturally occurring strain of yeast and using DNA-sequence editing, these ordinary yeast cells are transformed into little factories that churn out collagen. They grow the collagen and assemble it into a…

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