World’s first 3D-printed rib-eye steak ‘is as tender and juicy as real thing’

The world's first rib-eye steak made using a 3D printer and reportedly just as juicy and tender as the real thing has been unveiled.

This lab-grown replica meat product is made using cow cheek swabs without the need for slaughterhouses.

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The Israeli company's scientists created their ribeyes by harvesting and cultivating real cow cells in a lab.

Their custom-built 3D bioprinter uses them as 'ink' to piece together a rib-eye.

Aleph claims the lab-grown meat is delicious and juicy like authentic ribeye bought from a butcher and it's reportedly the first time the technique has ever been used.

Every one of its steaks is made from two cows – Alberto and Gertrude – at is Tel Aviv facility.

Cells taken from the bovines are cultivated in two incubators named after the animals and designed to mimic the conditions inside a cow.

They include support cells, fat cells, blood vessel cells and muscle cells which are used to 'print' the meat product.

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It's a step up in complexity for Aleph which began by creating mince meat and chicken nuggets which did not require an abattoir.

In 2018 it revealed a thin-cut steak which Didier Toubia, CEO of Aleph Farms, reckoned had between 60 to 70% of the taste and flavour of the real thing.

This previous version of the meat was not made with the same 3D printing technology as the ribeye.

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The company believes its new method is a major leap forward towards its dream of creating "a more sustainable, equitable and secure world".

Currently, the lab-grown steaks are far more expensive than their organic counterparts.

This is generally due to limitations of resources and expertise, but Aleph hopes to upscale its production in the coming years.

Mr Toubia told MailOnline the thin-cut steak will be available in some high-end restaurants next year. It was previously estimated one thin-cut steak would cost $50 (£36).

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