Dr. Mark Post has been trying to grow meat in a lab since 2008 and this week in London he served the first ever lab grown burger. The food reviewers who tried it claimed that it had a decent feel and taste but was a little odd in that it lacked any fat.
The lab-burger was grown by extracting muscle stem cells from a living cow using a gentle biopsy and then growing them in a dish filled with calf serum and using “micro-exercise” to make sure the cells were not flabby. Whether a tiny Planet Fitness was constructed in the petri dish or the cells were jogged around the lab wearing microscopic Nikes, was not explained.
The mystery funder of this interesting experiment was revealed to be none other than Google co-founder Sergey Brin. With that sort of backing, it’s likely we’ll eventually be seeing burgers coming from vats as opposed to fields and prairies. Dr. Post feels it will take 10-20 years to bring the process to a level that would allow commercial production. With financial backing from people like Brin, I suspect the good doctor is being overly pessimistic.
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