Science Creates Test-Tube Burger
February 20, 2012 by staff
Science Creates Test-Tube Burger, SCIENTISTS working on a new £220,000 ‘test-tube’ burger say the meat will taste like beef and will be ‘more ethical’ and ‘kinder to the environment’ than the real thing.
Speaking at the world’s premier science conference in Canada, its creator, Dutch stem cell expert Mark Post, said he hoped celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal will cook it.
Professor Post said ‘everyone’ will want to eat the burgers, which, despite their vast initial cost could eventually be priced to match that of real meat.
The Maastricht University professor has spent the last six years trying to turn stem cells – with the power to turn into all other cell types – into meat.
After experiments which included mouse and pork burgers, he settled on beef and the first ‘test-tube’ quarter pounder could be ready as soon as October.
Prof Post said the hamburgers will reduce animal suffering and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases as livestock numbers could be cut.
The meats could also be made healthier by boosting their content of ‘good fats’.
NFU acting chief science and regulatory affairs adviser Dr Andrea Graham said: “Clearly we would prefer people to continue buying beef produced directly from the British beef industry well into the future, rather than from cattle stem cells.
“Although the science is interesting, the NFU believes there is great potential for traditional beef farming to be sustainable and efficient, to reduce emissions and feed a growing population while continuing to offer benefits to the environment, landscape and the rural economy.”
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