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Will Lab-Meat Get Cheap Enough to Buy?

First, it was ground turkey masquerading as a hamburger. But new technology has pushed the burger market into a whole new era. Now, there’s plant-based options, blends of meat and mushrooms, and lab-cultured meats that don’t require animal production at all. The first “clean-meat,” or protein produced from animal cells without an actual animal, might be in restaurants by the end of 2018.

 

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