Cultured meat—genuine meat grown from animal cells in a lab—sounds like science fiction. And that’s a pretty accurate statement. References to slaughter-free meat grown in a lab go back decades in the genre, and most recently, it showed up in this year’s hit dystopian game Cyberpunk 2077, where you can buy a product called “vat-grown meat.” (Which is a callback to the slaughter-free meat from William Gibson’s 1982 novel, Neuromancer.) But, cultured meat is closer to reality than sci-fi would have us think. In the very near future, humans could be sampling high-grade salmon made from fish cells or a crisp chicken cutlet grown in a bioreactor with regularity.