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PayPal founder thinks you want meat from a printer
3D-printers have been used for everything from video game models to exoskeletons for disabled toddlers, but PayPal founder Peter Thiel has even higher hopes for the technology: printed meat. Thiel just donated between $197,000 and $271,000 to Modern Meadow, a company that claims to be able to layer 3D-printed cells into very specific structures that are sort of like meat. The goal is to make a product that mimics the flavor and texture of meat, but replaces the moral problem of eating a living creature with the moral problem of eating a science experiment that laughs in the face of nature. Modern Meadow has a way to go before they can give you a thick, juicy fake steak, though – the company is still just trying to make an edible piece of faux-meat less than half a millimeter thick.