People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) plans to award a one million dollar prize to the first person who can create edible meat in a laboratory. The prize money is an attempt to speed up a slowly growing field of research which promises to one day feed us all the meat we can eat without ever killing another animal. Experiments at NASA have already grown pieces of fish which they claim are edible, but researchers admit that growing meat tasty enough to eat is a dream for the far-off future. “Right now it would be possible to produce something like spam at an incredibly high cost,” said one scientist. So PETA’s money is probably safe as the rules of their challenge insist upon producing chicken meat that can be sold commercially at a competitive price in at least 10 states by 2012. (PETA.org)

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