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Whoa! Biohackers from San Francisco are banding together in an attempt to make the world’s first “real vegan cheese!”  The group is “engineering regular baker’s yeast to produce the world’s first real vegan cheese protein, and, from there, the world’s first Real Vegan Cheese!”

What is “real vegan cheese,” you ask? According to the group’s  Indiegogo page, where they have almost met their $15,000 to fund this project, “Real Vegan Cheese is a not a cheese substitute! It all begins with regular old baker’s yeast. Through synthetic biology, we engineer our yeast to become milk-protein factories, churning out real milk proteins (known as caseins). These milk proteins are then combined with water, vegan sugar and oil to make a kind of milk which is ultimately converted into Real Vegan Cheese using the age-old cheese-making process.” Here’s a biohacker at work on the process:


It really will be vegan, the group assures us: “Our genes are made from scratch to work in yeast, and though they are inspired by mammals, none of the genes, organisms or growth mediums we use have ever been part of an animal.”

And they claim it won’t be GMO, either: “While we genetically modify yeast, the yeast itself is not eaten, and the resulting milk-protein is separated from the GMOs before being turned into cheese.”

You can check out the video for more on the process and the group’s rationale and goals. What do you think? Will you try this new vegan cheese?

Lead image source: Real Vegan Cheese

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114 comments on “‘Real’ Vegan Cheese Is Coming Soon, Thanks to These Biohackers. No Cows Needed!”

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Audra Martin
4 Years Ago

Isn\'t caesin the very reason vegans who choose the lifestyle for health reasons AVOID animal products? It\'s interesting, but in terms of health is this really any better than cheese whiz from a can?

Cheri Herman Anderson
4 Years Ago


Malia Thompson
4 Years Ago


Mickey Shanahan
4 Years Ago

Stupidest idea since lab meat. And is that supposed to be the duck milk comes from?

Janice Klein
4 Years Ago

How about nutritional yeast?

Lynda Angel Hubeny
4 Years Ago

A lot of vegans won't drink non vegan beer because of yeast. Yeast is a living organism, but it is not categorised as plant or animal. Still a lot of vegans avoid it. Most of the vegans I know avoid it. So they prob wouldn't be interested in this non whole food 'food', I know I'm not.

Wendy Matthews Nixon
4 Years Ago

Casein? Very terrible idea from a health perspective.

Jimmy Farmer
4 Years Ago

bullshit , keep your GMO crap , they said it isn't going to be GMO , but they are going to use GMO to make it lol , sounds like GMO to me !

Sharon Marcum
4 Years Ago

Genetically modified vegan cheese. YAYYYY!!!! Said NOone EVER. >:P

Devonie Bowman
4 Years Ago

I almost thought it was a good idea until I saw the word casein. Screw that.


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