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  • An Israeli company has produced the world’s largest lab-grown steak.
  • MeaTech 3D used bovine stem cells, or cow stem cells, to incorporate it into “bio-inks” in its 3D printer to create a nearly 4-oz steak.
  • The company hopes to eventually produce and sell these printed meats for the same cost as traditional meat.

An Israeli company has made headlines for producing the world’s largest lab-grown steak.

“The breakthrough is the culmination of over one year’s efforts in our cellular biology and high-throughput tissue-engineering processes, as well as our precision bioprinting technology,” MeaTech 3D CEO Sharon Fima told The Guardian. “We believe we have placed ourselves at the forefront of the race to develop high-end, cell-based meat products.”


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MeaTech 3D used bovine stem cells, or cow stem cells, to incorporate it into “bio-inks” in its 3D printer to create a nearly 4-oz steak, coming in at exactly 3.67 oz. The company hopes to eventually produce and sell these printed meats for the same cost as traditional meat.

“The MeaTech announcement marks an exciting step forward in terms of the complexity and sheer size of a cultivated steak,” Seren Kell from the Good Food Institute Europe told The Guardian. “3D printing enables companies to create more sophisticated ‘whole cut’ products which can authentically recreate the taste, texture and mouthfeel of conventional meat.”


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Published on Dec 09, 2021