LATER this year a small group of people will meet in Washington. They will be expecting to eat fried chicken for lunch.
But while it may look like chicken, smell like chicken and hopefully even taste like chicken, it will have never walked like one or have even taken a breath.
Five years ago scientists were offered a $1 million reward by animal welfare group PETA to prove they could make meat in a laboratory. To win the prize, the lab-grown chicken must be indistinguishable from "real" chicken flesh and it must be able to be grown in quantity.
The deadline for their creations is June 30 this year. And PETA believes there is a very real chance someone will claim the reward.
“We really do not know who will apply," said Ingrid Newkirk, president and founder of PETA told The Guardian. "Five years ago I thought no one would.
“But I cannot tell any more. There is a real chance someone will claim the reward.