First Lab-Grown Hamburger Gets Taste Tested In London

August 5, 2013

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Mmmmmm, it looks like little worms -- let me try it raw.

Scientists took muscle cells from a cow, lab-cultured billions and billions more of them, mushed them all into a patty, then cooked it like a hamburger. How did it taste? Kinda like a burger! CRAZY. *stuffs mouth full of cocktail weenies, zip-lines off of balcony into street, tries to lift manhole cover, it's way heavier than I expected, gets laughed at and called a Ninja Tardle*

An independent study found that lab-grown beef uses 45% less energy than the average global representative figure for farming cattle. It also produces 96% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and requires 99% less land.


Upon tasting the burger, Austrian food researcher Ms Ruetzler said: "I was expecting the texture to be more soft... there is quite some intense taste; it's close to meat, but it's not that juicy. The consistency is perfect, but I miss salt and pepper."


She added: "This is meat to me. It's not falling apart."

Food writer Mr Schonwald said: "The mouthfeel is like meat. I miss the fat, there's a leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a hamburger.

Hey, whatever works. They're gonna have to seriously ramp up production and lower costs (it cost over $300K to make this one) though because nobody's gonna pay a thousand bucks for a McPetridish. A McBunsenburger, MAYBE. That was a lab equipment joke. "Not a very good one." Just drown me in the chemical shower, I deserve it.

Hit the jump for several more shots including the taste testers putting bites in their mouths with regretful looks on their faces.

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Thanks to koyote kid and dr venkman, who agree if there's something strange in your neighborhood DO NOT ASSUME IT'S FOOD AND TRY TO EAT IT.

  • RDarker

    Soylent green next?

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Let's make meat from human stem cells. I want my Soylent Green.

  • VelvetRingpiece

    For a site about tech and stuff, it seems odd it wasn't mentioned that this whole thing was bankrolled by Sergey Brin.

  • Closet Nerd

    McBunsenburger! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Daisy Church

    just going to leave this here.... http://www.youtube.com/watc... (sorry for the crap quality, only video I could find of this awesome scene. They're talking about lab created meat, specifically)

  • ZerglingPack

    Now I'm wondering, if they got people to eat the burger that didn't know they were eating a lab grown burger would the people still feel like something is missing?

  • RGB

    Almost certainly not, in blind tests people very rarely can tell the difference as long as it isn't in a test environment and you are not informed, i.e if this just got served in a restaurant, I bet no one would notice or say a thing.

  • I'd imagine this would happen: http://www.hulu.com/watch/4154

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Before I clicked on your link, I was hopeful that it was the video I was thinking of, and you did not disappoint.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Interesting how they hide the fact that it is grown bathed in antibiotics and hormones calling them "growth-promoting chemicals"

  • Reryn

    I'm sorry to have to tell you this.. but meat has hormones in it. Meat also has antibiotics in it unless you only eat free range cattle.... but if you're eating free range cattle enjoy the effects of trichinosis, heart worms and various other bacteria and organisms!!!

    Minute traces of hormones and antibiotics will not hurt you or endanger your life... especially if you eat meat only a couple of times a week like you're supposed to.

    Hormones are chemicals and they can be used used to promote growth. To say their definition is misleading should only concern idiots who shouldn't be making their own life decisions anyways.

    Education, peer reviewed science, common fucking sense... get some.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z status:
    [ ] Not Told
    [X] Told

  • Billy Rocka

    I can't wait for the pizza tree.

  • Cow

    This is the best thing ever. They should start mass producing this meat right away.

  • Jonny Campbell

    Reminds me of 'The Thing".

  • Tyler AitchKay

    Production costs must be very expensive, though.

    I look forward to seeing it be more used in the next couple decades when the technology becomes more economically viable

    The real question here though: Will vegan and vegetarian restaurants serve this meat?

  • David Gabel

    who gives a f**k about vegan/P.E.T.A. hippies anyway? if they saw a human suffering they'd not give a damn, but heaven forbid they witness nature doing her thing with one animal eating another because that makes them angry as to why animals aren't vegans.

  • Brandon Steele

    I wonder that too.... And if it becomes cheap will there be a movement make all other methods of obtaining meat illegal?

  • Megraptor

    From what I heard, vegans aren't too happy about the use of animal stem cells in the making of lab meat. Thus, I don't think it's vegan. It might be vegetarian though?

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