- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2008

WASHINGTON (Agence France-Presse) — Steaks out of a test tube? The animal-rights group PETA is putting up a million-dollar reward for anyone who can grow in-vitro meat that looks and tastes like the real thing by 2012.

“In-vitro meat production would use animal stem cells that would be placed in a medium to grow and reproduce. The result would mimic flesh and could be cooked and eaten,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said in a statement.

The million-dollar reward will go to the participant who manages to put test-tube chicken into commercial production and successfully sells it in at least 10 U.S. states at a competitive price.

Teams of researchers around the world are already working on producing meat in a laboratory, but it will be several years before in-vitro meat makes it onto the dinner table.

The New York Times revealed Monday that the scheme almost triggered a civil war within the headquarters of the organization dedicated to fighting for animal rights. But PETA argued the move would help avoid unnecessary suffering.

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