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Cattle parts in the cars of the near future?

By Rigval on 30 Aug 2011

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I was instantly amused and attracted to this bit of news which I read over the net. It seems an associate professor (or in my opinion, a slightly mad scientist as who would have thought up such a thing) from the University of Alberta over in Canada has found a way to use parts of a cow (or anything bovine) to create plastic which would then become parts of a car’s interior.

The associate professor, a Mr David Bressler, is currently knee deep in his research of less wasteful means to dispose of cattle waste products and it seems he has made great progress in his study to find ways to use beef parts from cows that have been infected with the mad cow disease. Instead of culling the cows and disposing of the carcass in a landfill, Bressler has found ways to use the proteins from the infected cows. Parts like the skulls, brains, nerves, eyes, tonsils, spinal cords and anything of that sort can be used. The process to turn cow innards into plastic uses high temperatures to break down the parts into small protein molecules and then somehow links them with some other molecules, of which I have no idea what they are as I am not a mad scientist, to make plastic.

Somehow, the plastic industry seems to be interested and while the whole process must undergo all the necessary trials, Mr Bressler has hope that some of the cow plastic will be seen in car interiors very soon.

It seems that cows are making headway into our car’s interiors. It used to be only cowhide for our leather seats. Now our dashboards will have bits of cow DNA in them. Hopefully our cars don’t suffer from mad car disease after this.

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- Could you imagine a VW dashboard like the one above with bits of cow DNA in them?


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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Mecontle Aug 31 2011 07:32 PM
laugh now but when food is short u will eat mad cow all the same
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