Would YOU Eat a Lab Burger?
Dutch scientists expect to be able to grill their first hamburger using meat grown in a laboratory this autumn, the professor in charge of the project, Mark Post, told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this month.
Dutch News.nl reports: "Post's team at Maastricht University has grown small pieces of muscle about 2cm long, 1cm wide and about a 1 mm thick, the BBC says. The strips are off-white and will be mixed with blood and artificially grown fat to produce a hamburger by the autumn.
"The aim of the research is to develop a more efficient way of producing meat than rearing animals and Post believes synthetic meat could cut the environmental footprint of livestock farming by 60 percent."
Oh, and by the way, the pattie will cost $330,547.88 to produce. Ka-ching! Post said the project's anonymous backer had not yet decided who would get to eat the world's most expensive hamburger, which will be unveiled at a ceremony in Maastricht in October.