Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The $330,000 Hamburger

by Gary Isbell

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Most people might think that in-vitro produced meat was an idea confined to science fiction publications, the new Frankenburger hopes to convince you otherwise. Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University is the scientist behind the research that takes cells from a slaughtered calf, transforms them into strips of flesh in a Petri dish at an institute in the Netherlands and then turns them into a meat patty—all at the research cost of a mere $330,000.

This novel and unnatural idea has produced the first artificial meat that was consumed in the form of a hamburger in London on camera before an audience by two volunteers— their reaction was anything but enthusiastic.  Read more…

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