Daily News Roundup

July 30, 2019

Australia has become the latest country to join the emerging lab-grown meat industry
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Australia has become the latest country to join the emerging lab-grown meat industry which has been dominated by food-tech start-ups in Europe, Israel and California’s Silicon Valley. 

Two Australian companies, Heuros in Canberra and VOW in Sydney, are aiming to make meat grown from animal stem cells in a laboratory a commercial reality. 

“At the moment we are the first company to energy [in Australia],” Nick Beaumont, Heuros founder said. 

“I think there are others that are operating in stealth, but they haven’t shown their hand yet.”

No lab-grown meat company anywhere in the world has yet released a commercial product, despite the hype. 

Start-ups have still not been able to solve the mystery of how to scale up to large factory-size commercial production, although they can easily produce the meat in a laboratory setting. 

Heuros is attempting to solve one of the biggest issues for the emerging global industry by creating a formula for the cells to grow in that is environmentally sustainable and affordable, enabling lab-meat companies to scale up their production. 

“We have made a lot of progress,” Mr Beaumont said.

“We could maybe supply the material to make a burger-size piece of meat for $30-$40, so we are close but it is not quite comparable to the cost of traditional meat yet. 

“The more we produce, there will be economies of scale and hopefully we can improve the price of the product.” 


The two Canadian teenagers who are wanted for the murder of three people may have been spotted scavenging for food by an Indigenous patrol, the Bear Clan, which helps protect the remote community of York Landing. 

Kam McLeod, 19 and Bryer Schmegelsy, 18, are being called “Canada’s most wanted men” by local media after they are suspected of murdering Australian Lucas Fowler and his American Girlfriend Chynna Deese, and have been charged with the shooting of 64-year-old Leonard Dyck. 

Bear Clan founder, James Favel told the ABC a patrol spotted a suspicious pair of men at a garbage dump on the outskirts of the community. 

“While doing perimeter checks on the First Nation [community] they came across two men who seemed to be scavenging for food out of the garbage dump,” Mr Favel said. 

“That struck them as odd of course, because everybody else is holed up in their residences, so they immediately reported to RCMP.” 

“Thankfully they were there very rapidly and the village went into lockdown completely.

“Now, they have a lot of resources on the ground there – helicopters in the sky, they’ve got at least one drone and they’ve got dogs – so they’re out there looking.

“They [the pair] did notice that they’d been spotted by our guys so they bolted right away.” 

The RCMP has urged people in the remote northern town in British Columbia to remain inside and lock their doors. 


A 40-year-old man has killed an eight-year-old boy by pushing him in front of an oncoming high-speed train at the main station in Frankfurt, German police say. 

The man also pushed the boy’s mother but she survived. Police are unaware of any connection between the man and the victims, with his motive unclear.

“According to witness reports, a 40-year-old man pushed the boy and his mother onto the track just as the ICE (high-speed train) was arriving,” Isabell Neumann, said.

“The mother, thank God, was able to save herself.”

Ms Neumann said the man fled the station after the crime, however passers-by chased him and he was detained near the station.

The suspect was being questioned, while the boy’s mother was taken to hospital and would also be questioned. 

A police spokeswoman said the man tried to push a third person onto the track but the woman managed to defend herself. 

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