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British scientists are aiming to grow ‘real’ steaks in a laboratory within 12 months in a breakthrough global first.
The products would be indistinguishable from a high-end cut bought from a butcher and might one day even replace the need for farms, according to 3D Bio-Tissues (3DBT).
Bosses at the firm say their technology allows them to make 100 per cent lab-grown meat – what it describes as ‘meat as you know it’ – which could be on restaurant menus within five years.
The process uses cells taken from a healthy animal, such as a cow, which are then stored in a liquid agent before being transferred to a bioreactor to grow the steak.
Scientists take cells from the cow and put the extracted DNA not a special liquid
The resulting mixture is placed into a cell bank and then into a bioreactor which grows the 'cuts of meat'
The final step in the process is to send the 'meat' to the shop or restaurant for cooking
Unlike previous efforts, 3DBT claims their steak will be biologically and structurally indistinguishable from the real thing.
Scientist Dr Che Connon, 3DBT’s chief executive, said: ‘There’s probably about 20 companies or more around the world working on different [lab meat] aspects. But as far as we can tell these are mince or other forms but not whole cut.’