First artificial beef is grown in Netherlands

6 August 2013 16:47
QHA - Professor Mark Post from Maastricht University in the Netherlands has created artificial beef in his laboratory. So called “cultured beef” has already been cooked, two volunteers tasted it, VOA informs. As reported, the beef was grown in a lab using muscle stem cells taken from a cow. The cells were then placed in a nutrient rich solution in a ring-shaped form around a hub of gel. The muscle stem cells then grew into small strands of meat. It takes about 20,000 such strands to make a 140-gram burger. “We hope cultured beef would solve the major problems that the world faces,” said Mr. Post. “Our burger is made from muscle cells taken from a cow. We haven’t altered them in any way. For it to succeed it has to look, feel and hopefully taste like the real thing,”- he added. One of those to taste the burger was Austrian food researcher Hanni Rutzler. According to her, it is quite similar to meat, as juicy as meat can be. Post’s research, which began in 2008, was funded partially by a $330,000 donation from Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. Commercial production of cultured beef could begin within 10 to 20 years, said experts.