KFC Bio-Prints Chicken Nuggets

The fast food chain will use 3D printing techniques to combine chicken and plant cells.

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From Kentucky Fried to lab-grown, fast food chain KFC could be on the verge of it biggest change since shortening its name in 1991.

The company recently announced plans to roll out lab-grown chicken nuggets made by a 3D Bioprinting Solutions printer. The nuggets will be available this fall in Moscow. 

The new nugget will be made in a lab with chicken and plant cells via bioprinting – a process that uses 3D-printing techniques to combine biological material. Early uses for the technology have been medical applications for the creation of tissues and organs.

According to a release from KFC, the 3D-printed chicken nuggets will closely mimic the taste and appearance of their original chicken nuggets. The lab-produced nuggets will not only be a first for KFC, but will mark the debut of such products in a fast food chain.

KFC is describing the nuggets as β€œthe next step in the development of our 'restaurant of the future' concept.” 

Although not widely used throughout the food sector, lab-grown meat is continuing to draw positive attention due its more environmentally friendly production processes. Memphis Meats, a cell-based meat startup, recently raised $161 million in its latest funding round.

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