20 Feb '12, 6pm

In Vitro Hamburger Meat Coming This Year

At the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, a small amount of meat stem cells from a cow have been used to create thin strips of muscle tissue. Currently the strips produced are whitish pink or pinkish yellow in color, are less than an inch long, under half an inch wide and as thin as a credit card. As Brian reported a few months ago researchers had previously planned to create a sausage from the tissue. They are now looking at producing a hamburger by October. Professor Mark Post, in charge of the team working on the project, presented his fake meat at an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in February. He envisions that a small herd of 'donor' animals would contribute stem cells to producing quantities of synthetic meat. Currently, meat production, it has been estimated, is about 15% efficient - in other words, 100 pounds ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/300000-synthetic-ham...

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