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Is lab-grown steak coming to a grill near you?

Noodle maker Nissin aims to combat food shortages with cultured meat

Working with Tokyo University, Japan's Nissin Foods is developing a cultured meat that may find its way onto steak-lovers' plates.

TOKYO -- While plant-based meat substitutes have drawn much global attention as a way to combat food shortages and protect the environment, researchers in Japan have taken the first steps toward creating cultured meat that could wind up on your grill someday.

Last year, the University of Tokyo unveiled the world's first lab-grown meat meant to mimic steak. Measuring just 10 mm x 8 mm x 7 mm, it is a long way from a juicy porterhouse. But its developers see a lot of potential.

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