Test-tube burger hits the menu

The 'Frankenburger' cost about $385,000 to produce in a lab. It will be served for the first time at a London restaurant next week.

By Kim Peterson Jul 29, 2013 1:47PM
Hamburger © BananaStock/JupiterimagesIt's best not to see laws and sausages being made, as the saying goes. Maybe we should add burgers to that list, too.

One lucky diner next week will get to try the first 'Frankenburger,' made with 3,000 bits of artificial meat grown from the stem cells of a cow.

If that isn't enough to turn your stomach, consider this: The meat is "gray with a slippery texture similar to squid or scallop," The Daily Mail reports. The 5-ounce burger cost about $385,000 to produce in a lab, and the first one will be served at a restaurant in west London.

It's probably the most expensive burger in history. And while it sounds fairly revolting, there's a good reason it's being developed.

Stem cells from one animal could be used to make 1 million times more meat than you'd get from the average beef carcass, The Independent reports. That would feed many more people while reducing the need for land, water and feed.

"If we don't do anything, meat will become a luxury food and will become very expensive," Mark Post, the scientist who developed the burger, told The Independent.

There were four basic steps, The Daily Mail reports:
  • First the stem cells were taken out of a cow's muscle.
  • Those cells then multiplied in a broth and became a sticky tissue similar to an undercooked egg.
  • The cells were then put through what would be similar to muscular exercise in a cow. Basically, they were stuck to Velcro and stretched.
  • The final stretched "meat" was chopped up and formed into a burger along with pieces of lab-grown animal fat.
This fake meat could be sold to the public within the next decade, scientists say.


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56Comments
Jul 29, 2013 2:45PM
Jul 29, 2013 3:54PM
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Can't wait to see what the unintended consequences of this experiment will be.
Jul 29, 2013 3:19PM
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I figured that McDs was already doing this

Jul 29, 2013 3:21PM
Jul 29, 2013 4:00PM
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This makes me not want to eat beef again.... FAKE MEAT??? Its not enough that the government allows us to be poisoned by additives, pesticides and other unnatural compounds that lead to cancer and who knows what else. Now, there is fake meat! Be wary we are not in Kansas anymore!

Jul 29, 2013 2:35PM
Jul 29, 2013 4:44PM
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Remember all of the warnings about stem cell research?  Any new cures from this? Of course not but.....they have managed to create a burger with "3000 bits of artificial meat" that I'm sure is juts very healthy.. Just like teh gmo's your FDA approved. smh

This country is purely about profit and greed. Your health and everything else is by no means paramount. You continue to be clueless sheeple and let these idiots let you "buy" your way to an early grave.

Jul 29, 2013 3:45PM
Jul 29, 2013 3:00PM
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didn't mention fat or cholesterol.  so will these harden the arteries faster?
Jul 29, 2013 4:14PM
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I thought McDonalds already used some kind of filler, either vegetable based or some other unknown but federally approved thing. Do you ever notice how the burger meat is virtually tasteless at McD's and BK and Jack in the Crack? I assume this explains the overabundance of sauces and/or ketchup and mustard. But if you get some extra lean ground beef and make a burger at home, the meat actually has some flavor. This summer I have been doing a lot of that, just because I can't get over how delicious it is compared with what we got used to picking up during the week in the drive-thru. The scandals with horsemeat and now this just make eating fast food exceptionally scary. They are going to push the lowest quality food on us that they possibly can without being fined. Eating "meat-goo" that is synthesized sounds horrible, gross, and not worth it. How disgusting. Support your local taqueria and mom and pop cafes, and forget these crap-burger places. Put 'em out of business!

Jul 29, 2013 4:01PM
Jul 29, 2013 3:37PM
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Why don't we do what Star Trek did and build a food synthesizer. That way we can "cut out" the middle man. As long as it's not Soylent Green who cares.
Jul 29, 2013 3:45PM
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No thank you...i'll pass. I don't think it'll happen jack....but i bet there are a bunch of clowns that'll eat it if it's half the price of regular 92% ground beef
Jul 29, 2013 7:41PM
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Hmm, are the vegetarians going to eat it?
Jul 29, 2013 4:26PM
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Carlton Heston says just say no to soylent green. Lol
Jul 29, 2013 6:41PM
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When I first saw the title of this article, I thought it was a cross between a frankfurter and a hamburger.  Either way, it spells inedible to me!  If I want a hamburger, I'll get it from an actual steer, thank you. 
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