Meat from a lab? Startups cook up alternative to slaughter

  • In this photo taken Feb. 15, 2019, lab automation engineer Chigozie Nri prepares nutrients to feed cells, as research director Nicholas Legendre watches, in the laboratory of cultured meat startup New Age Meats, which has produced cell-based pork in San Francisco. A growing number of startups worldwide are making cell-based or cultured meat that doesn’t require slaughtering animals. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

  • In this photo taken April 11, 2019, Memphis Meats CEO Uma Valeti, right, watches chicken produced in a laboratory from chicken cells being cooked in Emeryville, Calif. The company is focused on reducing the cost of cultured meat and producing larger quantities. A plate of chicken that used to cost tens of thousands of dollars to produce can now be made for less than $100, Valeti said. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

  • In this photo taken April 11, 2019, Memphis Meats CEO Uma Valeti shows chicken his company produced in a laboratory from chicken cells in Emeryville, Calif. A growing number of startups worldwide are making cell-based or cultured meat that doesn’t require slaughtering animals. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Uma Valeti slices into a pan-fried chicken cutlet in the kitchen of his startup, Memphis Meats. He sniffs the tender morsel on his fork before taking a bite. He chews slowly, absorbing the taste.

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