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September 24 2012

Lab-grown leather destined for a mall near you

Shoes, belts and handbags made with leather grown in the lab, not on a cow, may be available for purchase within five years, according to a biotech company thatís aiming to disrupt the livestock industry.

The company, Modern Meadow, made headlines in August when PayPal cofounder Peter Thielís foundation announced a six-figure investment in the companyís 3-D bioprinting technology to produce meat and leather.

Chief executive and cofounder Andras Forgacs recently described Modern Meadowís goals in an interview with the Txchnologist, an online magazine published in partnership with GE.

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