Frankenburger: Stem-cell grown ‘hamburger’ stirs up debate on GMOs and the future of food

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(PIX11) – Call it a scientific breakthrough, or a crime against nature.

Either way, the “Franken-burger “has made its grand debut.

The world’s first slab of meat grown in a lab was unveiled in London Thursday, the result of a $330,000 investment and years of research.

A chef fried up the stem cell burger in front of an audience and served it up with tomato and lettuce on a bun.

So what does it taste like?

According to the researcher that got the first bite, the stem-cell burger was a little bland.

So, how exactly does one make a test tube hamburger?

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Well, here’s a freaky science lesson.

First, you get a real cow. Tissue is taken from that animal’s muscle.

Then, cow stem cells are extracted from the muscle tissue and they’re basically put in a petri dish.

Third, the muscle cells are grown under tension, to bulk them up.

Finally, the new muscle fibers are minced and turned into allegedly delicious hamburgers.

Obviously, a lot of people don’t know what to make of this hamburger of the future – a test tube grown,

Peter Castellano, an attorney from GMO Free New York, stopped by to discuss this scientific breakthrough and the future of food.

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