MembersLab-Grown Steak

Israeli firm Aleph Farms has unveiled a new kind of steak that does not come from a slaughtered animal, but is grown in the lab.

By Michael Selutin |
Technology
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Allegedly, there is no tangible difference from a real piece of meat.

A steak is much harder to simulate in the lab than products usually made from ground beef. The Dutch company Mosa Meat already managed to grow a hamburger back in 2013, but it cost $330,000 to develop.

Aleph Farms was founded in 2017 in collaboration with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and local food manufacturing giant Strauss Group. By managing to grow a simulated steak complete with fake meat fibers has secured the company’s place in the history books. But it wasn’t an easy process. Researchers from Aleph Farms and the Technion eventually discovered the right combination of cell breeding technologies to produce something they think will be acceptable to consumers. The bio-reactors they developed to grow the faux meat cells not only make the end product look like the real deal, they also...

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