Related to this question: Does artificial meat grown in a petri dish have the halachic status of meat?

Assuming that in vitro meat becomes widespread and assuming that it would be hechshered per the above question, would the source material be able to be derived from neveilot (kosher animal, not slaughtered properly) or non-kosher animals, or would it need to be derived from properly shechted ones?

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According to the source in this answer to that question, Rabbi Menachem Genack of the OU had been quoted as saying

The tissue samples would have to come from an animal that had been slaughtered according to kosher rules

  • Whoops, missed that. It looks like an answer though. Jan 19, 2015 at 22:50
  • Ahe article fails to explain the reasoning behind his statement that the animal must be slaughtered and not from a live biopsy. Can anyone provide more information to clarify that point? Feb 18, 2015 at 16:07
  • I'd love that also, @IsaacKotlicky. I don't have any more info at the moment, though.
    – MTL
    Feb 19, 2015 at 20:35

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