Virtual Taste Test

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 01.01.06
  • NOVA scienceNOW

In this interactive—one that you may find engrossing or just gross depending on your perspective—compare the look, feel, taste, and smell of two pieces of meat. One was grown by a cow, the other by a lab technician. Compare the two slabs, then vote in a poll as to whether you would ever eat the lab-made variety, which brings a whole new meaning to the word "cultured."

Launch Interactive

Compare the look, feel, taste, and smell of lab-produced meat with the real thing, then vote in our poll.



Courtesy Lexi Krock, © NOVA/WGBH Educational Foundation
(lab-grown meat)
Courtesy Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr)

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