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Engineering the $325,000 Burger

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the hold-the-cheese dept.

Biotech 353

Dr. Mark Post hopes to bring the dream of cultured meat one step closer to reality when he unveils his high tech hamburger in London. The five ounce burger is composed of 20,000 strips of beef muscle tissue grown in a laboratory at a cost of $325,000 (provided by an anonymous donor.) From the article: "The hamburger, assembled from tiny bits of beef muscle tissue grown in a laboratory and to be cooked and eaten at an event in London, perhaps in a few weeks, is meant to show the world — including potential sources of research funds — that so-called in-Vitro meat, or cultured meat, is a reality."

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I hope (5, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704407)

You get lots of fries for that price

(And your coke in a real glass, not a plastic cup)

Re:I hope (5, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704447)

But then, it's not made out of animals. So it's clearly vegetarian food.

Re:I hope (4, Insightful)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704497)

Some people don't eat meat and animal products for health reasons, others for ethical reasons. So I think this will split the vegetarians and vegans into four groups:
- health issues vegetarian
- health issues vegan
- ethical vegetarian
- ethical vegan

Re:I hope (5, Insightful)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704567)

Of course there are also the people who think that any food that has even just come close to a lab is the devil. That group might have a considerable (but not complete) overlap with the ethical vegetarians/vegans.

Re:I hope (5, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704619)

And the health-issues variety. "Vat grown meat exacerbates my wifi allergy!"

Re:I hope (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704579)

Um, wouldn't the ethical vegetarian become ethical non-vegetarians...

This interests me greatly. I have never had meat in my life, for ethical reasons. I'd eat this thing, though.

Re:I hope (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704621)

Ethical vegetarians will eat this but still won't eat meat from animals. They would still be vegetarians. This wouldn't be "meat" to them.

Re:I hope (4, Interesting)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704707)

Sure it would. For people who adhere to vegetarianism on an ethical basis strictly founded in the idea that they do not want to contribute to the death and/or suffering of animals, there is no reason why they would have any issues with meat, taken in the absence of animals, nor any reason why they would deny the "meatness" of this material. They're issue isn't with the meat itself: it's with the way that the meat is gathered. Lab grown meat would still be meat and would likely circumvent those objections.

Of course, I recall an episode of Better of Ted where the geeks try to grow meat in the lab. When the tester eventually eats it, they ask how it tastes, and from my recollection, I believe the answer was, "like despair".

Re: I hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704843)

The ethical vegetarians could be the same as the anti fur people who are also opposed to fake fur because it perpetuates fur as a fashion.
Eating lab meat is perpetuating the consumption of animals and they would prefer all forms of meat consumption to stop.

Re:I hope (2)

allaunjsilverfox2 (882195) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704645)

Um, wouldn't the ethical vegetarian become ethical non-vegetarians...

This interests me greatly. I have never had meat in my life, for ethical reasons. I'd eat this thing, though.

I'm curious if this would one day allow human muscle tissue to be sold. I saw this weird movie where most, if not all diseases were cured, and there was a obsession with celebrities. If they got a virus, it would be sold at a high price. And their vat grown muscle tissue was sold at a local deli.

Re:I hope (5, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704695)

- ethical vegetarian
- ethical vegan

Things that I eat include:
- edible vegetarian
- edible vegan

I LOVE BACON (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704789)

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Re:I hope (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704815)

Some people don't eat meat and animal products for health reasons

Those people are idiots because not eating meat is unhealthy.

Re: I hope (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704859)

You are aware that BILLIONS of people live perfectly healthy lives without meat right? Oh what am I saying you are a burger eater so your IQ is too low to even understand what I'm talking about.

Re: I hope (1, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704923)

You are aware that BILLIONS of people live perfectly healthy lives without meat right?

If you call that living.

Re:I hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704507)

It depends on why one is a vegetarian.

Are you a vegetarian because you won't kill and eat anything that - you assume - has a 'soul', or some defined equivalent?

Or are you a vegetarian because you believe that eating a once- or currently-living form of protein is bad for you physically?

Reminds me of an old joke (5, Insightful)

symbolset (646467) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704559)

Q: How can you know why somebody is a vegan?

A: Don't worry. He'll tell you.

Re:I hope (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704763)

Beans are living forms of protein...

Re:I hope (1, Informative)

LurkerXXX (667952) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704673)

The ethical ones will likely still have issues.

Ever grow tissue culture cells? I didn't think so.

Your going to be feeding them regularly with a media composed of a number of things. One of those things is going to be horse/bovine serum. Lots of blood components went into it. One of the reasons that the burger is so expensive.

Re:I hope (2)

guttentag (313541) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704831)

But then, it's not made out of animals. So it's clearly vegetarian food.

No, it is made out of animals. From TFA:

But the meat is produced with materials — including fetal calf serum, used as a medium in which to grow the cells — that eventually would have to be replaced by similar materials of non-animal origin.

Vegetarians love fetal calf serum. It just sounds so tasty, natural and cruelty-free!

Re:I hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43705041)

mmmm...sounds yummy ...gAg! *vomit*....fetal calf serum is the next best thing to grandmas home cookin' don't cha know? *urgh!*vomits again*

I'm a vegetarian but even if I ate meat it wouldn't be this .... *stuff* ... more like the free range chickens at the local butchers

Re:I hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43705043)

Even less animals than an ordinary burger? Because that's no mean feat.

Re:I hope (5, Funny)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704457)

You get lots of fries for that price

Yep, you get plenty of fries from a parallel research project, codenamed "raise dolphins that grow potato tumors and kill them to make fries," thanks to a generous donation from the Society for the Promotion of Cruelty to Animals.

Re:I hope (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704549)

I think you mean real coke in a real glass.

Re:I hope (3, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704609)

Yeah, I also wouldn't accept imaginary coke. Nor complex coke, because it always has an imaginary part.

Re:I hope (1)

plopez (54068) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704741)

coke is always partly imaginary

Re:I hope (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704615)

For $325,000, you typically get the option of real coke in a line off a stripper's ass, should you ask.

Should I throw up now? (0)

toygeek (473120) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704413)

Or should I wait until after I order a McVitro?

Re:Should I throw up now? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704623)

Common additional "ingredients" in your "normal" burger:

* puss
* feces
* lead and other hazardous materials
* human hair
* insect parts
* insect larva
* bacterial waste
* lots of other disgusting things

And you want to complain about something grown in a nice clean lab?

Re:Should I throw up now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704677)

What, and lose all those flavors that define the essence of a McMeatSlurry burger?

All your psots are belong to me (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704415)

Frist psot!

At $325K a burger that is not reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704427)

Reality is affordability.

Re:At $325K a burger that is not reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704481)

If reality means affordability, then expensive things don't exist.

Since expensive things do exist, your comment is obviously wrong.

Please think before you post.

Re:At $325K a burger that is not reality (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704637)

Also the expensive things are affordable. Not for everyone, of course, but for the upper 1%.

Re:At $325K a burger that is not reality (4, Insightful)

NettiWelho (1147351) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704603)

Yeah, just because the first computer took millions to build and maintain didn't make it real.

Re:At $325K a burger that is not reality (2)

JustOK (667959) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704805)

I only use virtual machines

Japanese (1, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704435)

The Japanese will love this - while it's expensive. When it gets cheap, expect McDonald's to start quietly using it...

Re:Japanese (2)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704477)

if it tastes as good as dead animal muscles and has equivalent or better nutritional value, I'm all for it

Re:Japanese (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704583)

I'd imagine it would have significantly better nutritional value. More often than not the meat you get served or buy at a store has been washed in ammonia. While this does indeed kill a lot of harmful bacteria, it also kills helpful bacteria and nutrients.

Re:Japanese (1)

peragrin (659227) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704823)

nutritional value is easy enough. However taste is another matter. If you have ever had ground steak, ground burger, and ground venison, you can taste the difference. muscle that has been grown invitro I expect will have it's own unique taste, Electrical stimulus exercises isn't the same as an animal running through a field.

Re:Japanese (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704971)

Since it seems that this is all from one type of cell, I imagine it doesn't taste that good. Real meat has not only muscle tissue, but fat tissue, connective tissue, blood, and many other things included in it. Which probably brings up a nutritional question as well. They still haven't made baby formula that has all the same stuff as a mother's milk, and doctors still say that breast fed babies are better off. I don't imagine that this will be able to completely replace all meat and still keep us healthy. I also don't think it will taste that great without added flavourings.

Re:Japanese (1)

peragrin (659227) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704995)

while your correct about mother milk, the real benefit of a mothers milk is compatible antibodies that jump start the immune system.

Re:Japanese (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704833)

This was on TV in the UK last year. The scientist had grown enough cow muscle fibres to make the first tiny piece of meat. He and a nutritionist cooked and ate it. They reported that it tasted like chicken. Apparently, it is the juices in real muscle tissue that provide the flavour. Artificial meat lacks these juices so it doesn't taste of anything very much.

This latest development sounds like he's just scaled it up a bit.

All his experiments have proved so far is that the type of protein isn't terribly important. He might do better making artificial juices that taste like beef juices. These could be added to mycoprotein such as Quorn.

Re:Japanese (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704495)

This might be a very cardboard and dry burger - all meat tissues, no fat.
Japanese would prefer something of quality and not just because something is expensive. They have their Kobe beef. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_beef

Re:Japanese (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704783)

When it gets cheap, expect McDonald's to start quietly using it..

Should we expect vat grown horse from Burger King?

Re:Japanese (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704807)

They'll keep using meat flavored cardboard.

a couple of problems (2, Interesting)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704465)

the nanny-state mentality that is gripping government first world countries will soon forbid the growing of beef-life tissue because of its increasing the risk of arterial clogging, etc.

the second is a quality consideration, I will accept nothing less than the flavor and texture of the very finest beef cuts in vat cultured tissue. else I will continue to support the inhumane raising and slaughtering of cattle. Also, I reserve the right to throw tissue cultures on the grill over charcoal, concerns of carcinogens be damned.

Re:a couple of problems (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704659)

It's a burger, not a steak. I guess that's for a reason.

The CowboyNeal burger can't be far away... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704475)

Only engineered Neal is available - they ate the real one already.

So... (3, Interesting)

Guinness Beaumont (2901413) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704489)

Does this meat technically qualify as vegetarian, as no animal was killed to make it?

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704517)

Given the wide range of positions that fall under the broad banner "vegetarian" (do you eat eggs? dairy? fish?), there is no one correct "technical qualification". Likely, vegetarians closer to the "fundamentalist vegan" side will consider this an unacceptable animal product, while vegetarians closer to the "I still sometimes have a BLT because bacon tastes so good" school will embrace the concept.

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

kwerle (39371) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704999)

Yes*

* Unless you don't think so.

I don't eat meat because I find animal food farming in this country (the US) abhorrant. I don't eat well treated food animals (free range, wild hunted, etc) because I find it simpler to draw the line at "I don't eat meat".

I'm looking forward to commonly available vat-grown beef. Once the price point hits a reasonable level, I think I will partake. Other people won't feel the same way.

I dont want to live on this planet anymore (-1, Troll)

FudRucker (866063) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704537)

GMO agriculture by a fascist system (Monsanto and govt) HFCS in one form or another is in almost everything, now this (lab grown meat), i seen enough of this planet and i want off

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704599)

i seen enough of this planet and i want off

The solution is self-evident.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704629)

and a delicious source of free-range meat products.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (1)

guttentag (313541) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704903)

and a delicious source of free-range meat products.

No, you have that backwards. This meat is "range-free," not "free-range."

Shimata, I just realized how the food companies are going to market this.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704605)

The idea is to create meat that requires less resources and no slaughter. GMO agriculture increases crop yields, just like selective breeding has for millennia. Stop being a crank or just kill yourself.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (2, Insightful)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704723)

GMO agriculture increases crop yields

Unless and until we get unpatented GMO crops, and no more lawsuits against farmers who got cross-pollination from GMO crops, I'll be against GMO crops, regardless of its other merits or non-merits. Buying GM crops means supporting an abusive industry.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704611)

Wargaaarbl fascists WARGAAARBL!

Kill yourself.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (5, Insightful)

dingen (958134) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704613)

Why are you so negative about lab grown meat? No more animal suffering, a lot less impact on the environment, what's not to like?

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (2)

Extremus (1043274) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704671)

I guess both of you have a point. I can summarize the issue stating the obvious: the techniques (on vitro beef, GMO, etc) are not the problem; the problem consists of the organizations controlling these techniques (Monsanto, etc). And the problem is this: monopoly.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (1)

zephvark (1812804) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704701)

What's not to like is, it's grown outside an animal. Even with live animals, there is a tremendous variation in meat quality, both in the ways it appeals to you and in the nutritional value, depending on a great many factors. How did they live and what did they eat? I am somewhat skeptical that these miniscule chunks of flesh, brought up in isolation on some sort of artificial broth, are likely to entirely reproduce the flavor, texture, or nutritional value of the real thing. Maybe some decade real soon now. Maybe.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (1)

dingen (958134) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704753)

Obviously lab meat will have to live up to the standards of real meat. But once it's edible, I don't see any other complications.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704799)

Growing the meat on artificial broth in a controlled environment will allow much better control over the flavor, texture, and nutritional value than growing the meat on a cow in an uncontrolled environment.

It'll take some time to get it exactly right, but in an ideal world you should end up getting much better quality and consistency from cultured meat than you could from a cow.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704767)

Why are you so negative about lab grown meat? No more animal suffering, a lot less impact on the environment, what's not to like?

What's not to like? Well the I don't like the lack of animal suffering. The suffering makes the meat taste better.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (2)

excelsior_gr (969383) | about a year and a half ago | (#43705083)

Actually, the suffering makes the meat taste worse [fao.org] :

Here the animal is subjected to severe anxiety and fright caused by manhandling, fighting in the pens and bad stunning techniques. All this may result in biochemical processes in the muscle in particular in rapid breakdown of muscle glycogen and the meat becoming very pale with pronounced acidity (pH values of 5.4-5.6 immediately after slaughter) and poor flavour.

Re: I dont want to live on this planet anymore (5, Interesting)

crmarvin42 (652893) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704965)

Don't jump to conclusions. Every attempt I've ever heard of at cultured meat, or any other tissue for that matter, has been highly dependent upon nutrient solutions derived from living animals. Many are based on animal blood, some on liver or other tissue. I'd bet far FAR more animals went into this over prices burger than would have been necessary for the McDonalds my family had for lunch yesterday.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (1)

timmyf2371 (586051) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704989)

I would be concerned at the increased unemployment as farmers, abattoir workers and everyone else involved in the production of real meat are replaced by lab technicians and scientists.

On a more personal note, will the taste be the same? For medical reasons, I must follow a gluten free diet - and despite wider availability and better quality of food than in the past, they still haven't been able to come up with something exactly the same "real" bread. Why would it be any easier to replicate the taste of a fine steak?

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (5, Funny)

aardvarkjoe (156801) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704653)

GMO agriculture by a fascist system (Monsanto and govt) HFCS in one form or another is in almost everything, now this (lab grown meat), i seen enough of this planet and i want off

The upside is that you're still going to be able to have burgers without having to figure out how to herd cattle in space.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704669)

The incoherency of all that makes me wonder if they really are putting something in our food.

Re:I dont want to live on this planet anymore (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704687)

Just talk to the dolphins, they're almost ready to launch.

Dune (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704545)

Reminds me of the Axolotol tanks and the slig meat that's considered a delicacy in that universe.

The dream? Really? (0)

BrookHarty (9119) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704561)

When I dream of a juicy hamburger its sure the hell ain't cultured meat.

Re:The dream? Really? (4, Insightful)

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704685)

So, you only eat meat from wild Aurochs you caught yourself? How is modern agri-business farming not cultured? From selectively breeding only the "best" animals, to force-growing them with anti-biotics and raising them in CAFO

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAFO [wikipedia.org]

Yup, not cultured at all.

Re:The dream? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704731)

How do you know? Does the dream involve the whole process of producing the burger?

Re:The dream? Really? (4, Informative)

Jartan (219704) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704777)

When I dream of a juicy hamburger its sure the hell ain't cultured meat.

Eventually there could be several advantages over your "real" burger actually.

1) No need to grind it up. Grow it in the proper shape/texture and cook.
2) You can cook it as rare as you like.
3) Get the exact amount of fat you want so your burger is in fact juicy.
4) High quality cuts might be mass producible.

The price is perfectly realistic, really... (3, Funny)

Type44Q (1233630) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704643)

The price is perfectly realistic, really; in fact, it's quite well thought-out. By the time these are ready for large-scale roll-out, inflation will have caught up nicely.

It might have been cheaper.. (1)

gallondr00nk (868673) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704661)

If they followed the lead of other UK burger manufacturers and they used horse meat instead.

Re:It might have been cheaper.. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704683)

Well, maybe they just claim it is cultivated beef muscle, and it actually is cultivated horse muscle. :-)

Re:It might have been cheaper.. (1)

Belial6 (794905) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704839)

It is possible that this meat would quickly be a species of it's own. It may start out as beef, but it will have extremely strong evolutionary pressures (if they don't outright change the genetic code) and there won't be any pesky ethics issues of killing off any tissue that doesn't exhibit the traits being selected for.

vegetarians (1)

cdxta (1170917) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704663)

Is it vegetarian approved?

Obligatory (4, Informative)

guttentag (313541) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704703)

Ted: "We're talking about growing meat in a lab without cows."
Linda: "Ugh! That's creepy!... Right?... Oh, I see, we're doing that."

Artificial Beef Taste Tester: "It tastes... familiar..."
Ted: "Beef?"
Taste Tester: "No..."
Linda: "Chicken? We'll take chicken."
Taste Tester: Shakes his head
Ted: "What does it taste like?"
Taste Tester: "Despair?"
Ted: "Is it possible it just needs salt?"
Taste Tester: Shakes his head very slowly

Better Off Ted, Season 1 Episode 2

Is this the best way? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704709)

Wouldn't it be easier to engineer and process, for example, soy beans to make it taste more like ground beef?

Re:Is this the best way? (2)

cbhacking (979169) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704785)

Taste, texture, and have the nutritional charactersitics of beef? Not without engineering them well past anything you could properly call a soybean anymore...

Speaking as a meat eater... (2)

multiben (1916126) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704713)

I feel that eating meat which was not once running through the fields, robs me of the deep sense of superiority I get from being at the top of the food chain. Who knows how long we may remain here (alien invasion or pending zombie apocalypse)? I say let's enjoy our dominant position while we have it and not waste our time on defenseless lab meat.

Re:Speaking as a meat eater... (1)

plopez (54068) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704773)

If you think you are top of the food chain don't tell the bacteria, or fungi, or a host of other organisms that feast on humans both live and dead.

Re:Speaking as a meat eater... (4, Funny)

blue trane (110704) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704987)

Were you a slave-owner in a previous life?

Bacon ftw. (5, Funny)

Nyder (754090) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704745)

First they replaced my natural flavor with imitation, and I ate it anyways.
Second they replaced sugar with corn syrup, and I kept on getting fatter.
Then they replaced my natural crops with genetic modified crops, and I kept eating.
Now they are trying to replace my natural cow grown meat with vat grown meat? WTF?
When will this stop? We are very close to losing bacon in the name of progress.

Think of the bacon, this must be stopped.

Re:Bacon ftw. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704953)

First they replaced my natural flavor with imitation, and I ate it anyways.
Second they replaced sugar with corn syrup, and I kept on getting fatter.
Then they replaced my natural crops with genetic modified crops, and I kept eating.
Now they are trying to replace my natural cow grown meat with vat grown meat? WTF?
When will this stop? We are very close to losing bacon in the name of progress.

Think of the bacon, this must be stopped.

On the plus side, you wouldn't have to worry about mad cow disease. Mad Scientist disease, maybe....

Of course you'd order... (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704751)

...a cup of Kopi Luwak with it.

Good News (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704769)

Good news for supermarkets:

No horses were harmed in the production of this BEEFburger...

What about human flesh? (1)

plopez (54068) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704787)

Does eating synthetic human tissue make you a cannibal? (cue the creepy cannibalistic zombie apocalypse music in 3... 2.... 1...)

Already knew it was reality (0)

msobkow (48369) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704791)

Haven't you seen the pictures of featherless chickens on crackbook with the claim that KFC can't call it chicken any more because it's grown in a vat? :P

Kobe Beef (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704797)

All in all I Prefer the $100 Kobe Beef Burger.

is it... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43704825)

kosher?

But, but...... (1)

frootcakeuk (638517) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704849)

...... who gets to eat it?

all beef patty (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year and a half ago | (#43704883)

How much worse can it be than what you get at McDonald's?

great news for the environment (2)

hibji (966961) | about a year and a half ago | (#43705035)

If vat grown becomes a reality. Beef production produces huge amounts of methane which is a big contributor to climate change. You don't have to be animal welfare nut to advocate for this development.

Opposite Land (1)

pubwvj (1045960) | about a year and a half ago | (#43705081)

Food manufactured in a lab for factory production. This is even further down the spectrum of the absurdity of processed foods and the exact opposite of what we need. This will be far more energy intensive and economically controlled.

Stick with natural, pasture raised meat.

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