August 5th, 2013
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The world's first stem cell burger was cooked and eaten in London today.

The brainchild of Maastricht University's Mark Post, the burger was made of 20,000 small strands of meat grown from a cow's muscle cells and took three months to create.

Breadcrumbs and some egg powder were added to the cultured beef to make it taste like a normal beef burger. To give it a beefy color, red beet juice and saffron were added. Chef Richard McGeown fried the stem cell burger with sunflower oil and butter and remarked that it looked slightly paler than a traditional burger.

Two volunteers got to taste the five ounce (142g) burger, which was presented on a plate with a bun, salad and some tomato slices.

After having the first bite and chewing thoughtfully many times, Hanni Rutzler, an Austrian food trends researcher, said: "I expected the texture to be more soft - it's not that juicy. It's close to meat but it misses salt and pepper."

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  2. SixDegrees

    They made something like this in the lab from the show "Better Off Ted". Ted's response, after tasting it: "It tastes like pure despair."

    August 8, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • Libby

      Yeah, I remember that episode. Loved that show. That's probably where these idiots got the idea.

      August 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  3. El Disgusto

    I much prefer the fur burger.

    August 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  4. livingonthebrightside

    it's missing something. I bet!

    August 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  5. Jennifer

    hey - nothing was killed to make it. That is huge.

    August 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      Price tag for this patty was huge too. I think it was somewhere in the 300K range.

      August 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  6. tedvailas

    I didn't like the way they said it could be an answer to the world's projected (and current) food shortages. This tissue takes forever to create and almost as much energy as raising cattle. I love my beef, but this is definitely not the answer to famine if we're talking about land and energy shortages in the future. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and other plants are far more efficient as a food source than land and energy intensive animal foods. Great to see progress in the field of organ and tissue culturing though! Very fascinating.

    August 6, 2013 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • Observer

      Soylent Green is the answer. They're experimenting with it in North Korea and China right now. Pretty soon when someone asks if you want to 'get Chinese,' or 'eat Chinese,' you're going to have to ask them to be specific.

      August 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Reply
      • Thinking things through

        No, I think they've been experimenting with melamine. A bit different, I'd say. Not that I'd want either melamine or soylent green, if you check those out....

        August 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply
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    I am gagging right now.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • Thread Dom

      Just relax your throat...

      August 6, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
      • @Thread Dom

        *clap*...*clap*...*clap*...

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        August 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  8. Thinking things through

    fake food. No wonder. Sorry, a chemistry set won't create real food for anyone. Since "liquid egg product" won't work for me, I cannot begin to imagine this crud would be remotely better. (PS – it wasn't)

    August 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  9. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    IT'S PEOPLE!!!

    August 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Charlton Heston

      That's what I'm sayin'.

      August 6, 2013 at 7:54 am | Reply
  10. Name that Burger Contest

    Let's call it The Barrack Burger...No Spine or Brains needed with a Dandy Denial Dessert. I'm sure Swanson's is drooling to put this in a Freezer near you.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • I know, I know...

      let's call it the Conservative Burger: no taste, it's missing something...

      August 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
      • Truth™

        Kindly don't politicize a food blog. Thanks.

        August 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
        • Vladt

          Let's call it the keep political, um, *cough, "humor," out of the food articles

          August 6, 2013 at 4:54 am |
        • Thinking things through

          Politicizing food blogs... That tastes worse than this burger!!! It tastes worse than the parents who allowed their kids to trash their dining table at a restaurant. It tastes worse than... just about anything I never want to eat.

          August 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Edwin

      Barrack burger? Why would you name a burger after a building that houses soldiers?

      August 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  11. Edwin

    Sounds like we're still a looooong way from making this sustainable or cost efficient in any way.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • PWA

      Give it time. remember early cellphones, VCRs or televisions?

      August 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • Edwin

        Definitely. I do hope this does become a feasible long term solution. Although...there was that other article that mentioned the benefits of insect protein. Maybe we should just enjoy some cricket burgers instead,

        August 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply

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