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Would you eat a burger grown in a lab?
Dr Mark Kotter with a vial
“With this vial, we could potentially feed the entire planet,” says Dr Mark Kotter, whose team in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences has developed a new technology that could be used to convert pluripotent stem cells into muscle and fat cells. In theory, just one single stem cell would be enough to grow a steak.

The technology has been licensed through the University’s tech-transfer arm to Netherlands-based company Meatable, which hopes to have their first product available within the next three years.

Find out more about how the technology works, what else has to be done to make the cells taste like meat and consider: would you eat it?
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Illustration using artwork by UCPS pupils - copyright: University of Cambridge Primary School
Releasing the imagination: the University of Cambridge Primary School
The University of Cambridge Primary School places research at its heart, informing education practice and furthering research at Cambridge’s Faculty of Education and elsewhere. Find out about the school's ethos, from its building design to its curriculum, and why people come from as far afield as Australia, India and China to observe its innovative practice.
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Joseph Priestley c.1797 - copyright: National Portrait Gallery
Study unearths Britain’s first speech therapists
Research by Cambridge historian Elizabeth Foyster reveals that Britain’s first speech therapists emerged at least a century earlier than previously thought. Her work shows that speech specialists emerged in the early eighteenth century as new attention was given to the role of the nerves, emotions and psychological origins of speech impediments.
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Sarah (left) pictured with co-founder and friend Zahra
Giving a platform to people transforming the world of finance
Sarah Laitung (Jesus 2003) started JPMorgan’s graduate programme in 2007. "Joining just before the financial crisis certainly gave me insight into the magnitude of impact the industry has on the global economy," she says. Together with friends in the sector, she has co-founded Humans in Finance, a social enterprise showcasing the inspiring people who are driving transformation in the world of finance.
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3D ‘organ on a chip’ could accelerate search for new disease treatments
Researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology have developed a three-dimensional ‘organ on a chip’ which enables real-time continuous monitoring of cells. The new device could ultimately be used to develop new treatments for disease while reducing the number of animals used in research.
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