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  • 11 October 2018

Can science build a better burger?

This is the first step toward rules for growing nutritious,delicious,juicy meat in labs, not farms. This movement is one of two high-science endeavours to get animals, at least in the traditional sense out of agriculture. The other camp wants to take every bit of the animal out of agriculture and make “meat” from plants. This camp does not want to make another veggie burger. Instead, they want to focus the full glory of molecular biology on identifying the proteins or other molecules that give meats their seductive flavours and textures. Then, sourcing each vital component from some nonanimal origin, these pioneers want to build plant “meat” so delicious that die-hard carnivores will sigh happily and take another bite.

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