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Kit Lets You Grow Steaks from Human Cells–Makers Promise It Isn’t Cannibalism!

The appropriately named “Ouroboros Steak” is a meal you can “grow” from your own cells. But if you’re worried about the ethical implications about eating human flesh, don’t be; co-creator Grace Knight told Dezeen magazine:

“People think that eating oneself is cannibalism, which technically this is not.”

Well thank goodness–I guess!

The idea of eating meat made from cloned human cells was at the core of Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, a film released in 2012.

Synopsis:
In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March’s attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.

Now, if this news has you ready to fire-up the grill, you’ll have to hold your horses. Full disclosure: “Ouroboros Steak” isn’t real (and ouroboros is a snake eating its own tail). It’s a design project commission by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It included a website that explains:

“Growing yourself ensures that you and your loved ones always know the origin of your food, how it has been raised and that its cells were acquired ethically and consensually.”

“Ouroboros Steak” was created by scientist Andrew Pelling, artist Orkan Telhan, and Knight, an industrial designer.

Would you eat steak make from cloned human cells (if it was actually an option)? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.

Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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