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Startups are experimenting with the gene-editing technology CRISPR to make lab-grown meat a commercially viable reality. Meanwhile, the first commercially available gene-edited crop just hit the consumer market, ushering in a new era of healthier, safer, tastier and cheaper food courtesy of genetic engineering.

About 30% of the calories consumed globally by humans come from meat products, including beef, chicken, and pork. That translates to a staggering number of animals grown and slaughtered for food, a process that is deemed unsustainable as the world population expands.

Luckily for die-hard carnivores, we are closer than ever to being able to build a steak or burger patty out of sample cells from a live cow.

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