It was reported in the news today (at least in the UK) that another step forward has been made towards the creation of "synthetic meat". From BBC News:

The world's first lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten at a news conference in London on Monday.

Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle which they combined to make a patty.

Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat.

Critics say that eating less meat would be an easier way to tackle predicted food shortages.

What would be the kashrut status of this meat? Firstly I assume there would be the issue of shechita, but if we bypass that, then would this product be considered "meat" at all?

(I mean this in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way, as I suspect the real answer is that no synthetic meat will ever be considered kosher by the Orthodox authorities, but I do find the question philosophically interesting.)

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    see also judaism.stackexchange.com/q/11269/759
    – Double AA
    Aug 5 '13 at 13:01
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    Hi Allan, welcome to Mi Yodeya! I hope to see you around :)
    – Double AA
    Aug 5 '13 at 13:01
  • @DoubleAA, I thought they changed it so that you couldn't mark as dupe of a question without answers. Anyway, this question, which has answers, may be a better target.
    – Isaac Moses
    Aug 5 '13 at 13:54
  • Thanks both - I did try to find if this had already been asked, but I didn't find that one! Aug 6 '13 at 13:14

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