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  • Israeli company Aleph Farms has teamed up with the faculty of biomedical engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to cultivate a lab-grown ribeye using 3D bioprinting.
  • The meat-making process prints living cells that are incubated to grow, differentiate and interact in order to produce the texture and qualities of a real steak.
  • The announcement comes during a time of heightened awareness about the meat industry’s effects on the environment and a growing demand for meat alternatives.

The world’s first slaughter-free ribeye steak has been produced using 3D bioprinting and real cells from a cow. 

Israeli company Aleph Farms has teamed up with the faculty of biomedical engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to cultivate a lab-grown ribeye intended to have the qualities, textures and taste of a real steak without killing an animal. 


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Aleph Farms has grown the ribeye using new 3D bioprinting technology and a culture of live animal tissue. The meat-making process prints living cells that are incubated to grow, differentiate and interact in order to produce the texture and qualities of a real steak. 

The process is similar to the vascularization that occurs naturally in tissues. It allows for the passage of nutrients across thicker tissue, resulting in a steak with a similar structure of a traditional cut of meat before and during cooking, according to Aleph Farms

“It incorporates muscle and fat similar to its slaughtered counterpart and boasts the same organoleptic attributes of a delicious tender, juicy ribeye steak you’d buy from the butcher,” Aleph Farms said in a statement

Aleph Farms said it is now able to grow any type of steak and plans to expand its portfolio of lab-grown meat products. The lab-grown meat could be a leap forward for meat alternatives once it receives regulatory approval. 

In 2018, Aleph Farms unveiled the world’s first cultivated thin-cut steak, which did not utilize 3D bioprinting. 

The announcement comes during a time of heightened awareness about the meat industry’s effects on the environment and a growing demand for meat alternatives. 

In December, San Francisco start-up Eat Just received the world’s first regulatory approval to sell its lab-grown chicken meat. The company’s cultured chicken product was approved for sale in Singapore as an ingredient in chicken bites. 


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Published on Feb 09, 2021