World’s first lab-grown hamburger

Posted: 8th December 2011 by Absurd Stories in Animals, People
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World’s first lab-grown hamburger

This is a really ambitious project coined by Mark Post, a vascular biologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.  The whole idea behind having a lab grown hamburger is primarily to save the lives of millions of animals as well as feed millions of people around the world, and it goes without saying that this will ultimately have a positive impact on the environment.

Mark Post explains that the meat will be grown from a petri dish rather than taken from slaughtered livestock and the steps involved in making this cultured meat involved collecting stem cells from leftover animal material in slaughterhouses.  Then the vascular biologist cultured them in a lab environment by adding a mixture of amino acids, lipids, sugar, minerals and other nutrients.

So far Reuters reported that the cultured meat looks nothing as the red meat we are so used to and the result so far is a collection of bloodless, whitish muscle like strips which measures roughly 2.5 cm long.  Although this may strike you as an optimistic project, wait until you hear the price of the said hamburger.  It is believed that owing to its highly labour intensive nature as well as its time consuming aspect, the hamburger will cost around $334,000.  Now this is a hamburger which is not going to be in the affordability range of the millions of people which Post is aiming to feed.