This Startup Is Brewing “Real” Vegan Gelatin

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Gelzen is making cruelty-free gelatin using microbes.

Gelatin comes from animals, right? Yes, but there’s a San Francisco startup working to change that. Gelzen is using bacteria make what it says is real gelatin—not a similar, plant-derived substitute.

The process sounds simple, if a little sci-fi. Gelzen programs bacteria and yeast with the same genetic program that produces gelatin in animal tissue, then uses the strains to ferment gelatin.

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