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Petri Dish Burger Is Totally Real, Tastes "Reasonably Good," Cost $325,000

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In a small step for man and a giant leap for bovine-kind, today a panel of tasters consumed a hamburger composed entirely of meat grown in a lab. The taste test took place in London

In a public demonstration Monday, three people tasted the in-vitro, or cultured, meat. Chicago-based food writer Josh Schonwald said "the bite feels like a conventional hamburger" but that the meat tasted "like an animal-protein cake."

Other sources reported that the test tube meat tasted "reasonably good." 

The burger is made up of 3,000 seperately grown strips of muscle generated from just a few cow cells. The bill—a whopping $325,000—was picked up by Google founder Sergey Brin, it was revealed today.

For every person squicked out by the idea of lab-grown meat, there's a vegetarian celebrating the possiblity of eating guilt-free meat in the near future. Just how near that future will be depends a great deal on the regulatory scrutiny and slowdowns that stand between this burger and your local butcher case. 

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  1. BLAND, OVERPRICED MEAL SERVED IN LONDON

    1. Ha! Close the comments, people.

    2. You leave Gordon Ramsay alone!

  2. When will they clone cat meat so I won’t feel guilty eating General Tso’s chicken?

  3. For every person squicked out by the idea of lab grown meat, there’s a vegetarian celebrating the possiblity of eating guilt-free meat in the near future.

    Why would this make it guilt free for vegetarians?

    1. The only thing standing between this technique and no-kill hamburgers is a technique to harvest the necessary stem cells from live cows (so far they’re using slaughtered ones). Take care of that and “ethical vegetarians” have no more reason not to eat it.

    2. Cruelty free.

      1. I’d like to take them out to the farm and show them all the tiny, delicate creatures living in the corn and soy fields. If having them and their whole families getting torn apart or crushed by a combine is cruelty free, then I suppose they can eat their tofu with a clear conscience.

        /flexitarian annoyance at brainless ideologues

      2. How many vegetarians eat animals which died from natural causes?

        1. Or animals that want to be eaten. I wonder if there are any who would be OK with eating animals who deserved to die?

    3. No faces. And because they reeeeeeeeeeeeeally miss eating meat.

  4. For every person squicked out by the idea of lab grown meat, there’s a vegetarian celebrating the possibility of eating guilt-free meat in the near future.

    Uhhh, no way is this ratio 1:1.

    Also, I will eat an entire cake if this ever becomes something that the vegetarian lobby pushes for. The people that become vegetarians are often the same ones who oppose technology advancing food in any way.

    1. It might split the lobby. Or appeal to a lot of former vegetarians, who tried it but couldn’t make it stick.

      The lobby will lobby, and will, as lobbies do, represent a less mainstream view. But this will affect some percentage of ordinary vegetarians.

  5. Vegetarians will fight this as vigorously as they fight GMOs.

    1. Nah. I don’t care if it actually led to better treatment of animals. I am a vegetarian. I just don’t see that it is practical, and it will take 20 years of push though advertising to get a small sliver of mainstream acceptance in the USofA. It will be more accepted in say, Japan or parts of Europe.

  6. “scruity “?

  7. Yawn.

    Still waiting for a set of luscious lips with vacuum pump.

  8. For every person squicked out by the idea of lab grown meat, there’s a vegetarian celebrating the possiblity of eating guilt-free meat in the near future.

    Ha ha ha!

    No, wait, let me rephrase that.

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

    Did you really think that their ideology has to do with animal welfare??? Oh, you naive fool! It has to do with control. Wanna bet that the next ideological battle will be between the artificial meat-eaters and the original food [or natural food]-faddists a la the battle against GMOs?

    1. Yeah, just like e-cigs allowed people to smoke indoors without social stigma attached to them.

      Somehow, this meat will be WORSE than regular cow meat.

    2. Some do, some don’t. People who are vegetarian because they care about animal suffering do exist.

      But I’m sure that the same people who freak out about GMOs will find some reason to oppose this sort of thing.

    3. Like I said earlier today, the head of PETA’s on the record for loving this idea, so there’s at least one group of wackos on board.

    4. Like I said earlier today, the head of PETA’s on the record for loving this idea, so there’s at least one group of wackos on board.

  9. This is great, except for the built in Mad Cow disease.

  10. Still wondering if they could do the same with human cells grown in a dish.

    Human meat should have all the stuff nutrients proteins fats etc you need right?

    1. Enh, a little gamey.

  11. With all our meat being grown wouldn’t this substantially lower the number of cows in the world?

    Sheep as far as i know have no wild counterpart any longer.

    If we stopped eating lamb could they not go extinct?

    1. There are many kinds of wild sheep still (including a lot of the species called “mountain goats”. Not sure how closely they are related to domestic sheep.

    2. And there is always wool. Only vegan weirdos don’t like wool. Though I suppose you could figure out how to synthesize wool as well.

      1. Modified spiders whose spinnerets dispense a keratin wool-like substance…wait, that won’t work, either.

    3. Not until they manage to synthesize milk cheaply.

    4. The wild version of domestic sheep still exist. They’re called mouflon.

      But wild cattle went extinct during the 16th or 17th Century.

  12. As with all areas where rights are ambiguous, this seems like an excellent development to me.

    Between this and the artificial womb, technology could well solve two of the most important areas of rights controversies.

  13. This looks like its gonna be really good. Wow.

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  14. Eh, put enough ketchup on it and it will be good enough for my orphans.

    Who am I kidding, they can just go on eating the smallest one from time to time.

  15. Other sources reported that the test tube meat tasted “reasonably good.”

    The burger is made up of 3,000 seperately grown strips of muscle generated from just a few cow cells.

    Maybe they should consider throwing in some fat with the muscle.

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