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World’s First Lab-grown Burger

A Dutch university created a project to craft the world’s first lab-grown burger. The slab of synthetic meat, seen above, was grown using cells from a cow’s shoulder, which were grown into strips of meat, which in turn were mushed into a patty that required the killing of precisely zero cows.

That humane angle is apparently what intrigued Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who appeared in a video posted on The Guardian to say, “We have a vision in our minds of pristine farms, couple of cows, couple of chickens, but that’s not actually how meat gets produced today.” The project apparently cost a whopping 250,000 euros, but could offer a glimpse at the future of food production. The burger was cooked and eaten on August 5, 2013 at an event in London.

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