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Scientists use stem cells to produce pork in a laboratory

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LONDON (AP) -- Dutch scientists say they haven't got the texture right yet, but they have managed to grow pork in a lab using stem cells from pig muscles.

So far, they've only been able to grow meat strips half an inch long, but one of the researchers estimates a small pork chop would take about 30 days in the lab. Mark Post says the main problem is producing pork with the same protein content as regular meat. The lack of protein gives the petri pork a softer, flimsier consistency more like scallops.

Still, Post says the development could eventually offer an alternative to raising livestock and help ease hunger around the world.

One American researcher not involved in the Dutch study says the findings could also help develop healthier foods. For instance, healthy omega 3 fatty acids from fish stem cells could be mixed in to produce meat without the usual artery-clogging fats that come from livestock.

Other experts warn that lab-produced meat could pose health dangers.

None of the researchers have actually eaten the lab-made meat yet, but they're guessing it won't really taste like pork.

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