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Cultured meat needs a race to mission not a race to market

The burgeoning field of cultured meat is racing to achieve the minimal standards required for market access. We argue that the focus must shift to a higher, mission-based standard based on transparency and collective processes.

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D. Holmes, Y.T.-S., B.D. and I.D. would like to thank New Harvest’s donors for allowing us to focus on the long road to mission-driven impact. J.D. would like to thank the Swiss National Science Foundation for support for his research.

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D. Holmes, Y.T.-S. and B.D. conceived and designed the paper; D. Holmes, D. Humbird and J.D. wrote the body; and Y.T.-S., B.D. and I.D. substantially edited the manuscript. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.

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D. Holmes, Y.T.-S., B.D. and I.D. report that they are full-time employees of New Harvest, a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) research institute working to maximize the positive impact of cellular agriculture. D. Holmes was employed previously by Mosa Meat BV, from 2019 to 2021. D. Humbird and J.D. declare no competing interests.

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Holmes, D., Humbird, D., Dutkiewicz, J. et al. Cultured meat needs a race to mission not a race to market. Nat Food 3, 785–787 (2022).

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