World’s first test tube hamburger available this October, scientists say

By on Feb 20, 2012 in Animals, Europe, Food, Lifestyle, North America, Science Comments

The so-called world’s first test tube hamburger will be available this October after a team of Dutch scientists have completed the experiments, which promises to be identical to a real hamburger.



“Test tube” meat
Image Credit: Maastricht University/PA

According to British news sites on Sunday, February 19, 2012, the announcement about test tube burger was made that day, during the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

As noted in Telegraph UK, scientists generated strips of cow’s meat from stem cells and aims to produce test tube hamburgers, with the project costing about £220,000 or roughly about $350,000.

“In October we are going to provide a proof of concept showing out of stem cells we can make a product that looks, feels and hopefully tastes like meat.” Dutch scientist Mark Post, Chair of Physiology at Maastricht University and the project leader, was quoted in the press conference.

“Eventually my vision is that you have a limited herd of donor animals in the world that you keep in stock and that you get your cells form there.” He added, noting that synthetic meat could reduce the environmental footprint of meat by up to 60%.

“It will help reduce land pressures. Anything that stops more wild land being converted to agricultural land is a good thing. We’re already reaching a critical point in availability of arable land,” Prof Post told BBC News.

Apparently, around 3,000 strips of muscle tissue was said to be needed to make a complete ‘test tube’ burger will require 3,000 strips of muscle tissue, each of which measures about 3cm long by 1.5cm wide, with a thickness of half a millimeter.

Nevertheless, the meat to be ground up with 200 strips of fat tissue, produced in the same way, with the entire process of making such test tube’ hamburger is being estimated to take around six weeks.



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