From the Lab to Your Feet to Your Plate

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Modern Meadow cultures bovine cells, treating some with a serum derived from calf embryos.

The cultured cells multiply over the course of about 30 days, forming sheets of tissue that will become meat or hide.

The company’s current focus is leather. CEO Andras Forgacs holds a credit-card-size lab-grown sample.

Someday

Lab-grown hides will give designers who don’t use animal products an option beyond faux materials.

Cultured meat is harder to synthesize and could raise regulatory questions. It’s likely 5 to 10 years away.

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