Since we already have breast milk ice cream and hamburgers made from human turds, it should come as no surprise that researchers are now interested in making gelatin from human DNA. The study, which recently appeared in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, focuses on a series of successful experiments which saw human genes inserted into a strain of yeast in order to grow quantities of recombinant (genetically engineered) human gelatin.
The journal’s publisher says the human gelatin could eventually be used as a substitute for the 300,000 tons of animal-based gelatin used every year in products such as marshmallows, Gummi Bears, and other candies.
Apparently, the pharmaceutical industry already uses human gelatin in the manufacture of certain pills and vaccines, which an American bioethicist stated “is not derived from human tissue in the same way that animal gelatin is. … It’s really derived from yeast — yeast that have been modified with genetic sequences found in human beings.”