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London- In just two years, you may be tucking into a ‘lab burger’ and ‘test-tube chicken’ if one company has its way after Memphis Meats has come a step closer to commercializing synthetic meat.

According to the Daily Mail, the ‘clean meat’ company has already produced beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells, without the need to raise and slaughter animals.

Microsoft mogul Bill Gates, entrepreneur Richard Branson and many investors decided to allocate $22 million to support San Francisco-based Memphis Meats, which plans to use the funds to continue developing its products and to accelerate its work in scaling up clean meat production.

It hopes this will reduce production costs to levels comparable to, and ultimately below, conventional meat costs.
The company says it expects to quadruple its headcount and has already begun growing its team of chefs, scientists, creative and business people. It also hopes to bring clean meat products to consumers across the world within the next two to three years.

Its first line of products will include hot dogs, sausages, burgers and meatballs, which will all use recipes developed by award-winning chefs.

The company revealed its first product, a meatball, in February 2016.

In an email to Bloomberg, Branson said: “I’m thrilled to have invested in Memphis Meats.”

Clean Meat is expected to make significant changes within the few coming years in the food and environment market, on the cost and calories’ provision levels, besides its contribution in reducing greenhouse emission by around 90 percent.