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Mmmm, Test-Tube Hamburgers

Posted on Feb 20, 2012
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Old-school hamburger, with the works.

Here’s a new Frankenfood twist on classic cuisine: A team of scientists in the Netherlands are this close to producing a hamburger made of meat generated from stem cells. Soon, we will be able to enjoy the delicious taste of test-tube hamburgers and other prime laboratory-grade delicacies (but at a price).  —KA

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Speaking at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Vancouver yesterday afternoon (SUNDAY), Prof (Mark) Post said his team has successfully replicated the process with cow cells and calf serum, bringing the first artificial burger a step closer.

He said: “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.”

Although it is possible to extract a limited number of stem cells from cows without killing them, Prof Post said the most efficient way of taking the process forward would still involve slaughter.

He said: “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.”

Each animal would be able to produce about a million times more meat through the lab-based technique than through the traditional method of butchery, he added.

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By Thomas L. Vaultonburg, March 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment
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Monsanto, Frankenfoods, and the zombie, mutant banana

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By screamingpalm, February 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

Noone would even notice a difference I’d bet. Food in this country is so awful anyways.

This reminds me of when I worked in supply on a Naval Air Station and the Wendy’s got busted by Army inspectors for not rotating the beef patties. They had to put orders (which I personally pulled) in for government patties (90-something % soy) and passed them offf as 100% beef patties as the inserts on their trays indicated. Where’s the beef?!

Then again I thought my shipmates were fucking crazy to eat there when we were in Italy after all.

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By Anarcissie, February 21, 2012 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

I don’t see why test-tube meat is any more revolting than the real thing, actually.  At least it wouldn’t have been tortured and injected with hundreds of chemicals, as most meat on the hoof is.

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By Allan Krueger, February 21, 2012 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

I am sure it is no worse for you than eating real Moo-Cow, beef - with far fewer chemicals / antibiotics! Y’all can have my share, though!

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By Outraged, February 21, 2012 at 1:20 am Link to this comment

I can hear it already, “Do you want GMO fries with that? Can I supersize that for you?

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By lovingfactoryslaughter, February 21, 2012 at 1:06 am Link to this comment
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fuck that. i want my cows buchered and horrificly mutilated so i can enjoy it. weve been killing animals for thousands of years. and then all the sudden some hippiefreaks decide that im wrong for bieng a omnivore! somthing i cant control.

fuckin bullshit

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By John G, February 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment
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Considering the acidification and overfishing of the oceans, shouldn’t they be creating test tube fish fillets instead?

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By kerryrose, February 20, 2012 at 11:49 am Link to this comment

This is good news to the atrocity and cruelty and inhumanity that is factory farming, and for the Mustangs who are cruely rounded up, removed, and sold to slaughter from the public lands they roam so that ranchers can graze their damn cows for free (do we get a discount on the free-grazing meat? Uh, no).

What is it about g—da—beef that Western Civ pigs on like there is no tomorrow.

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