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Lab Grown Steaks

By Gldmeier @gldmeier

If you thought lab grown chicken in the restaurant was exciting, lab grown rib eye steak should wet your palette even more!
Aleph Farms, based in Rehovot, Israel, is producing lab grown steaks - thick and juicy - from cells taken from a cheek swab from a cow. They say that it has all the flavor and texture of the real thing.
It looks good in the picture, but they say it isnt quite ready for commercial production yet.
lab grown steaks
Interestingly they say that the Vegan Society has determined that this will not be considered as vegan because of the cells taken from the cows. I wonder if that will have any effect on poskim making the determination of the status of meaty or pareve for this type of lab produced meat.
cells were taken via swabs from two cows - Alberto and Gertrude. All steaks being produced by Aeph as of right now are from those two cows. I do hope that Gertrude was not the mother of Alberto. Someone eating two steaks in one day might then have the potential problem of eating from a cow and her child which is a prohibition. 
sources: Daily Mail and TOI
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