Old McDonald had a test tube.
Researchers in Israel are working to create the first-ever lab-grown piece of chicken from a single cell, according to Reuters. The effort isn’t exactly unprecedented: Two years ago scientists created a beef hamburger patty from a test tube after five years of trying. The cost? $300,000. Maybe you’re better off going to a fast-food joint.
It’s no surprise that reality shows aren’t all that, um, real. But the stakes are higher in volatile Korea, where a boom in TV channels has turned a small class of North Korean defectors into celebrities. The problem is that their testimonies are coming under increasing scrutiny and there is skepticism that their stories are being embellished to make for better TV. “I hate it when they make North Korea look like a place where only weird animals live,” said Kim Young-soon, a survivor of North Korea’s notorious Yodok prison.