(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?
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.