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'At least it tastes of meat!': World's first test-tube artificial beef 'Googleburger' gets GOOD review as it's eaten for the first time
The 142g patty cost £250,000 to make and consists of meat grown in a lab
Total of 20,000 strips of meat were grown in petri dishes in the Netherlands
The artificial meat was electrically stimulated to bulk up the 'muscle' and then blended with 200 pieces of lab-grown animal fat
Red beetroot juice and saffron added to provide authentic beef colouring
It has also been revealed that one of the burger's financial backers is computer entrepreneur, and Google co-founder, Sergey Brin

It may look like something you’d chuck on the barbecue without a second thought, but this round of meat costs a very beefy £250,000 — as the world’s first test-tube burger.
After the patty was lightly fried in a little butter and sunflower oil yesterday, the two volunteers chosen to taste it in front of a live audience were hardly effusive, though.
‘I was expecting the texture to be more soft,’ said Austrian food researcher Hanni Rutzler, taking 27 chews before being able to swallow a mouthful. ‘It’s close to meat — it’s not that juicy.’
The second volunteer, food writer Josh Schonwald added: ‘The absence is the fat. But the bite feels like a conventional hamburger. What was conspicuously different was flavour.’

In August 2013, the first cell-cultured hamburger was cooked and tasted live on air in London, England. Professor Mark Post created the burger at the University of Maastricht. However, the majority of the muscle strands were grown in media with fetal bovine serum. In early 2015, New Harvest provided Mark’s lab with $50,000 to conduct additional research towards a completely animal-free system for growing cultured meat.
The first cell cultured beef hamburger was an important milestone in cellular agriculture. It showed the world that creating cultured meat was scientifically possible - and that from here onwards, the most important innovations in culturing meat will be how to produce it in large quantities for a reasonable price. In other words, thanks to the cultured beef burger, we know producing cultured meat is not a question of scientific discovery - it’s an engineering problem.

It is hard to predict when Cultured Beef, meat created by harvesting muscle cells from a living cow, will be available to buy. It is clear, however, that we need to make changes in how we produce meat.
By 2050, the world population is expected to hit 9 billion. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) estimates that the demand for meat will more than double in the next 40 years.
Traditional livestock farming methods alone will struggle to meet this demand, and it may cause serious ecological damage in the process.
To start, there isn’t enough water in the world to support croplands needed to produce enough food for an extra 2 billion mouths in 2050, Malin Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute concluded in a recent report.
Meat is by far the biggest water-user. Roughly 1,500 gallons of water are required to produce just one pound of meat, Environmental Working Group co-founder Ken Cook said in a film produced by the Cultured Beef project. Already, 2.7 billion people worldwide suffer from water scarcity, and the water crisis is only getting worse.
Meat production uses up lots of energy too, between the grain that livestock consume and added costs related to care and transportation. It takes 55 calories of fossil fuel to make 1 calorie of beef protein, according to “The Food Revolution” by John Robbins, while it takes only 2 calories of fossil fuel to make 1 calorie of soybean protein.
I wonder if this is a baby step toward the 'meatification' of AI robots?
(02-19-2019, 09:43 AM)Mmmkay_Ultra Wrote: [ -> ]I wonder if this is a baby step toward the 'meatification' of AI robots?

You know, they could probably figure out a process to do that @Mmmkay_Ultra and I bet that is something that will happen in the future. Also I'm pretty sure we will start adding mechanical parts to our own making us cyborgs. We kind of are doing that allready, some of these prosthetic limbs get the Olympians disqualified because it makes them to fast, giving them an unfair advantage.