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Lab-to-table: How synthetic food went from flavorings to hamburgers

The laboratory has turned food high-tech – starting with artificial flavorings, and evolving to lab-grown meats…and even total meal replacement. Despite current food trends like caveman-inspired paleo diets – synthetic foods are hot too. "Alternative food" start ups are huge in Silicon Valley, attracting diners and venture capitalists alike.

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