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$330,000 Lab-Grown Burger Eaten in London

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Thanks to a $330,000 investment from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Scientists were able to gather stem cells from a cow and use them to create strips of muscle, which were then combined to form a meat patty.

The patty was cooked and eaten at a news conference in London. Chef Richard McGeown cooked the burger, and food critics Hanni Ruetzler and Josh Schonwald tasted it.

“I was expecting the texture to be more soft… there is quite some intense taste,” said Ruetzler. “It’s close to meat, but it’s not that juicy. The consistency is perfect, but I miss salt and pepper.”

Mr Schonwald added: “The mouthfeel is like meat. I miss the fat, there’s a leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a hamburger.”

Scientists and researchers with the institute say that the technology used to create the burger could be a new, sustainable means of meeting the growing demand for meat around the world. All-in-all, this appears to be a good start towards that goal.

Check out a video of the tasting after the break.

(via BBC)

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