There's an actual paper out now on how to grow edible meat without the animal. Found via this Ars Technica article. Wow. I didn't realize we were so close to this stuff, but I guess it makes sense. If we're talking about growing human organs from stem cells, why not chunks of animal flesh? I bet it'd take a long long time for this sort of thing to pass FDA (and USDA?) approval though. :) I sure look forward to the ethical debates when this stuff actually gets made. I can see some ethical vegetarians finding this acceptable, and I can see some people finding this even more appalling. Personally, I'm a big fan of animal-less meat research, because I eat meat, but I do feel a little guilty about the animals getting killed for it. I don't know if animal-less meat will be a reality in my lifetime, but I'd eat it!