I had all but forgotten about this development since I first read about it a couple years ago. Ivan's thread on genetic engineering and robphy's post in the Age of Discovery thread reminded me of it. Dr. Mironov was speculating about a meat synthesizer. In theory, there are a number of advantages to synthetic meat, from the ability to make it healthier than natural meat to the prevention of inhumane treatment of animals (to say nothing of feeding baked beans to cows). The drawbacks are mostly economic and in addition, potentially aesthetic. More articles/resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vitro_meat http://discovermagazine.com/2006/jul/blinded http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/magazine/11ideas_section2-9.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Fifty years hence we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium. - Churchill, 1932 So, (for meat eaters) would you seriously consider switching to synthetic meat if it became commercially available? Since it will likely cost much more than natural meat, at what price ratio might you consider a switch likely, if you do wish to switch? If you are vegetarian for ethical reasons, would you be open to eating synthetic meat? Other opinions on the issue...?