Feb 21, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
This will ultimately negate some of the concerns of er, militant vegans.
The world's first test tube hamburger will be served up this October after scientists perfected the art of growing beef in the lab.
The process of culturing the artificial meat in the lab is so laborious that the finished product, expected to arrive in eight months' time, will cost about £220,000 (EUR250,000).
But researchers expect that after producing their first patty they will be able to scale up the process to create affordable artificial meat products.
Mass-producing beef, pork, chicken and lamb in the lab could satisfy the growing global demand for meat - forecast to double within the next 40 years - and dramatically reduce the harm that farming does to the environment.