4 Dec 2009

Artificial pork grown in Dutch lab

9:26 pm on 4 December 2009

Dutch scientists say they have grown a form of pork in a laboratory. It could be commercially available within five years.

Meat scientists have been trying for years to develop test-tube meat using cells extracted from live animals, and researchers at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands say they have finally succeeded.

They say the meat could help to reduce the billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases emitted each year by farm animals.

No one has yet been brave enough to eat the artificial pork. It has been described as soggy, and researchers admit it is not ready for a taste test.