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The world’s first lab-grown burger could be ready by October

Burger 2.0?

According to Mark Post, the head of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, all that stands between you and a juicy lab-grown hamburger are $315,000 and celebrity status. Post says that by October, his team will be ready to put their £200,000 creation before a real live celebrity taste-tester. The burger would be the result of a project funded by an anonymous donor that involves taking stem cells from cows and growing them in a culture with fetal calf serum, according to the Guardian. Post believes lab-grown meat could drastically reduce the number of cows at factory farms, which would mean fewer greenhouse gas emissions and less animal suffering. According to the Guardian, Post and his team have made “thin sheets of cow muscle measuring three centimetres long, 1.5 centimetres wide and a half a milimetre thick.” By the newspaper’s math, it would take about 3,000 pieces of muscle and hundreds of pieces of fatty tissue to complete the burger. If all of this sounds a little labour intensive—and if your ceiling for burger-related spending is around $100—fear not: Post thinks most of the scientific legwork is already done, meaning mass production of lab-grown meat could be a scant 10 or 20 years away. Oh, and he also said the process could be used to grow panda meat, which is about the worst PR he could possibly give to his cause. Read the entire story [The Guardian] »

(Images: petri dish, JamesZ_Flickr; burger, Like_the_Grand_Canyon)

  • mattagascar

    Why not just eat less meat?

  • PiccadillyLineToCockfosters

    If there’s an ethical alternative, and it tastes good and is healthy, then why eat less meat?

  • PiccadillyLineToCockfosters

    Or rather, why not eat more “meat”?

  • mattagascar

    I can’t quite understand how using cow stem cells and “fetal calf serum” is any more ethical….don’t get me wrong, I’m no vegetarian but instead of eating something out of a lab maybe we can eat less, more sustainably rasised beef.

  • Sebastian Mel

    I will literaly (in the worst sence ever) die for cooking!!!

  • Nancy

    So, now I know what’s worse than eating meat….LAB created meat. I am a Nutritarian and proud of it. No meat for me, real or “fake” disgusting. How does this help the animals? Disgusting……..shame on all of you.

  • Pam

    Seriously? This is the dumbest idea ever. God made the Earth Nd it was good. The problem is not the cow, it’s how we raise the cows. Check out the old testament on farming. Try farming God’s way. Not only is this unethical, this could open the door to a horror movie.
    I would prefer to eatvGod’s food. And meat is notval that important .. Eat grass fed beef and forget about it,

  • Katherine Wichmann Zacharias