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SNAPSHOT: This Startup Says They've Made The First Lab-Grown Steak

D-briefBy Alison MackeyDec 17, 2018 11:00 PM
(Credit: Aleph Farms)

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This image captures the world’s first lab-grown steak, created by Aleph Farms, an Israeli based startup. It’s different than standard vegetarian mock meats that attempt to mimic the flavor and texture of the real thing. Instead, lab-grown meat, or “clean meat,” uses actual animal cells. To grow the meat, Aleph sampled cow fat, blood vessel, muscle and support cells and cultured them in the lab. A three-week process of 3-D tissue formation then brought it all together in a slaughter-free steak that takes about a minute to cook — hence Aleph calling its prototype the “minute steak.”

While still years away from public consumption, replicating the chewy, sinewy texture of a steak is a big leap for lab-grown meat. Would you eat it?

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