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Moments in Meat History Part IX – In-Vitro Meat

In 1995, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the use of in-vitro techniques for commercial meat production, paving the way for lab-grown meat products to make their way to the market. Dutch researcher Willem van Eelen received the first patent for in-vitro meat in 1999, embarking on an ambitious program a few years later with the Maastricht University that would result in the first lab-grown hamburger, presented and sampled by Mark Post summer 2013. In 2008 PETA threw their support behind the in-vitro cause, offering a yet-unclaimed $1 million prize to the first group to make a commercially viable lab-grown chicken substitute.

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